UMass President William Bulger to Visit Putnam Health Clinic in Springfield on March 11

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts President William M. Bulger will visit the health clinic established with a federal grant to the UMass School of Nursing, located at Putnam Vocational High School in Springfield, Wed., March 11. Bulger will be at the school from 10-11:30 a.m. His visit to Putnam is one in a series of visits to Massachusetts high schools begun two years ago by Bulger.

The health clinic opened about a year ago at its current site on the second floor of Putnam, after occupying temporary quarters in the basement of the school for two years. It was created with the help of a $1.2 million five-year federal grant to UMass to establish a comprehensive, nurse-managed school-based health program at Putnam.

The clinic offers first aid, primary health care, disease prevention, and health promotion activities for Putnam’s 1,400 students. It also provides opportunities for professional development for school nurses in Springfield and the region, and training in community health care for UMass graduate and undergraduate nursing students.

The site is managed by Christine King and Josephine Ryan, both faculty members at the University’s School of Nursing.