SAN ANTONIO -

University Health System is partnering with Harlandale ISD to open a school-based health center.

The center officially opened its doors on Thursday on the campus of Collier Elementary.

David Tierranegra, 11, spent Thursday morning getting  a check-up and making sure his immunizations were in order for the new school year and he got it all done at the Harlandale school-based health center.

"I think it's a good idea because many kids get sick," said Tierranegra.

The childrens health center was designed to bring healthcare services to the students in the Harlandale school district and their siblings -- all the way up to the age of 18.

"It will be very good because all these kids that are in school, they get sick and they can bring them right over here," said Gloria Orozco, Tierranegra's aunt.

Harlandale Superintendent Rey Madrigal said the new clinic will benefit all of their students.

"I know that when children are sick and they can't go to school, they miss out on an education," said Madrigal. "This clinic is designed to meet the health needs of our students."

George B. Hernandez Jr., CEO of the University Health System, said they are also looking at partnering up with other districts.

"We want your kids to stay in school and anything we can do from a health perspective to make it possible for your kids when they get sick, to stay in school, we're going to do it," said Hernandez.

The Harlandale Health Center will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

However, University Health System officials said they are open to extending those hours depending on the needs of the community down the line.

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