AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - The city of Auburn has been planning to renovate the Boykin Community Center, but officials say they want this renovation to be different.
"This would be a perfect time for us to see about making this a model community center," said Auburn City Manager Jim Buston.
So the city is partnering with Auburn University to add a health clinic that will be managed by the Harrison School of Pharmacy with clinical participation of multiple university programs.
They're working to establish the Auburn University Health Care Clinic and Education Center to be located in the Boykin Center. Auburn City Council approved the partnership at Tuesday's meeting.
The clinic will be managed by the Harrison School of Pharmacy with clinical participation of multiple university programs.
"The vision for the Boykin Center is to create a full service community center, and we will be working with other health professions on Auburn University's campus to provide services to that community," said Dean of Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy Richard Hansen. "It'll provide an authentic practice setting for our students to learn. We'll have a faculty presence at the clinic, and those faculty will train our students. We currently do this now all over the state of Alabama, so this is just one great opportunity to do it locally in the community and give back."
The clinic will offer health care services for Auburn residents who are uninsured, under-insured or prefer to access health care in Northwest Auburn.
"Just some of the routine things that you can do in a health clinic, but also then have a place that if you needed a flu shot or if you needed a shingles shot or some of these vaccinations, be able to go there and receive that without having to pay a copay," said Buston.
City officials say that this clinic is designed to be in Phase 2 of the $1.2 million Boykin Community Center renovation and will hopefully be completed within the next year.