Doctors Express Partners With Yates Primary School In BEST Program

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Doctors Express and Yates Primary School have signed the formal agreement to become Business & Education Serving Together Partners. BEST is a workforce development initiative of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. From left are Sherry Crye, Chamber workforce development director; Laura Bynum, business development manager, Doctors Express; Carolyn Ingram, Yates Primary School principal; Dr. Todd Rudolph; and Kristi Muhonen, center administrator, Doctors Express.
Doctors Express and Yates Primary School have signed the formal agreement to become Business & Education Serving Together Partners. BEST is a workforce development initiative of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. From left are Sherry Crye, Chamber workforce development director; Laura Bynum, business development manager, Doctors Express; Carolyn Ingram, Yates Primary School principal; Dr. Todd Rudolph; and Kristi Muhonen, center administrator, Doctors Express.

Doctors Express, which is fairly new to the Mouse Creek Road neighborhood, has introduced itself to Yates Primary School in a way that will reinforce the education process and ultimately strengthen the community’s workforce, officials said.  They have become the newest BEST partnership. 

BEST, an acronym for Business & Education Serving Together, is a program of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce that partners a business and a selected school to enhance the quality of life for the community and provide business support for the educational programs.  

“At Doctors Express, it is very important for us to be part of every community that we service,” Jack Fromm, business executive for the urgent care facility, explained. “With Yates Primary less than one mile away from our Cleveland Doctors Express Center at 170 Mouse Creek Road, it seemed to be a perfect match for both institutions.” 

Mr. Fromm continued, “We felt very privileged and honored when Mrs. Ingram invited us to be part of the Yates BEST Partnership program.” 

Principal Carolyn Ingram said she is delighted with the latest addition to Yates Primary’s BEST partners.  “Yates is so fortunate to have the Doctor’s Express as one of our new BEST partners,” Ms. Ingram said.  “They are close to us in proximity, and I feel that we will have a good working relationship with them.”

Laura Bynum, business development manager at Doctors Express, was a student at Yates several years ago, and owners Larry Kugler and Mr. Fromm both had children to attend Yates.  
“We feel like we are renewing some old friendships,” the principal shared.  

The staff at the Cleveland Doctors Express takes the new BEST partnership seriously and has already welcomed the opportunity to serve Ingram, the faculty and the students of Yates. Ingram noted that the primary school held a fundraiser last spring to buy iPads for the classrooms, and Doctors Express donated three for that cause.   

“We also believe this will be a great opportunity for Doctors Express to offer support and health education to the students and faculty of Yates and make a positive impact on their future,” Mr. Fromm said. 

Ms. Ingram responded, “I look forward to working with their staff, and we welcome them as a part of the Yates family.” 

Studies show that emergency rooms turn away an ambulance every 60 seconds in this country because they are too full to accept another patient. Doctors Express, a Chamber member since July 2012, is the first-ever national franchise of urgent care centers and opened a unique pairing in Chattanooga and Cleveland last year to help provide an answer to the emergency room crisis in America. 

Yates serves approximately 400 of Cleveland's youngest citizens, preschool through second grade.  The school’s mission, in partnership with home and community, is to educate the whole child by nurturing and developing the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and ethical well-being of every student. Their desire is that through the mastery of academic skills and achievement of proficiency, each child reaches a level of personal success while acquiring a love for learning and developing a foundation for productive citizenship. 

Sherry Crye, director of workforce development for the Chamber of Commerce, coordinates the BEST partnership program.  

“Several of our schools are now partnered with businesses in their respective neighborhoods,” Ms. Crye said. “They’re demonstrating what it means to be good neighbors through this workforce development program and are making a difference in the Cleveland community.” 

According to Ms. Crye, schools in the Bradley County and Cleveland City School Systems have one or more local business partners as part of the BEST program. Private schools that are Chamber members may also participate in the program.  

For information about the BEST partnership program, call Ms. Crye at 472-6587. 



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