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Porto Urgent Care Clinic to Hold Open House with Free Screenings

Porto Urgent Care Clinic to Hold Open House with Free Screenings

Porto Urgent Care Clinic, a free health clinic located at Heart Ministry Center, 2222 Binney St., will offer free sports and camp physicals as well dental screenings for children, 18 and younger, during a 1 – 4 p.m. open house on Tuesday, June 29. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Other health screenings, including tests for glaucoma, blood pressure, blood sugar, and more, will also be available for children and adults. The pediatric dental screenings will be limited to the first 50 children. There will be free games and prizes for children.

Porto Urgent Care Clinic, a joint partnership between the Heart Ministry Center and Creighton University, opened in fall 2009 to offer free preventative and urgent care health services to underserved populations on a walk-in basis.

“The Porto Clinic meets a real need in the North Omaha community and has been an important addition to the Heart Ministry Center’s other services, which include providing food, clothes and furniture to those in need,” said Ann Laughlin, Ph.D., R.N., Creighton associate professor of nursing and Heart Ministry Center Board member. Laughlin helped spearhead the Porto Clinic project.

The open house is the first major public event for the clinic, which is open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – noon and 2 – 4 p.m. Appointments are not necessary. Care is provided by a part-time nurse practitioner with assistance from Creighton nursing, dental, pharmacy, occupational therapy and physical therapy students.

Walk-in services include blood pressure checks; examinations for specific conditions such as bronchitis, gastrointestinal complaints, strep throat, bladder infections and more. The clinic also offers periodic health screenings and workshops on health-related concerns.

The Porto Clinic is named after the late Anthony J. Porto Jr., M.D., and Anthony Porto Sr., D.D.S., both Creighton University graduates. The Porto family made a financial contribution to make the clinic possible.