Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva, St.
Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Allina Health President and Chief
Clinical Officer Penny Wheeler, M.D. announced today that the
Phillips Eye Institute's Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) Community
Initiative is coming to St. Paul.
The partners kicked-off the vision screening program at 10:30
a.m. today at Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary.
"We are excited to have the Phillips Eye Institute's E.Y.E.
program in our schools," said Supt. Silva. "If children can't
see the board or see what the teacher is showing them, it
makes it more difficult to learn, and they could fall
For the past six years, the Phillips Eye Institute's E.Y.E. program has provided regular free vision screening and
subsequent treatment services to Minneapolis school children
in kindergarten, first, third, fifth and sixth grades. Thanks
to an extensive fundraising campaign by the Phillips Eye
Institute Foundation, "Investing in Sight, Changing Lives,"
the E.Y.E. program is expanding to Saint Paul Public Schools.
"This is a great example of private and public collaboration
to ensure access to healthcare for Saint Paul families. I
want to thank Allina Health and the generous donors and
volunteers who are making this program possible," Mayor
In Minneapolis, the E.Y.E program screens more than 15,000
students and provides additional services to more than 1,000
children each year. The St. Paul expansion is expected to add
13,000 students to the program.
"On behalf of Allina Health, I welcome St. Paul students into
the E.Y.E. program. We support the E.Y.E. program because it
addresses disparities both in education and healthcare," Dr.
The E.Y.E. program provides free regular vision screening and
works with families to remove barriers that might exist to
treatment, including interpreter services, transportation,
medical care and eyewear at no cost to the families or the
Dayton Bluff Elementary third graders attended the news
conference and were screened immediately after it ended.
Phillips Eye Institute is the second largest eye specialty hospital (in patient volume) in the United States. Dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders, Phillips Eye Institute’s ophthalmologists offer an extensive array of specialty services from diagnostic tests and vision rehabilitation to laser eye treatments and specialized eye surgery. Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For more information about Allina Health, visit our website at allinahealth.org and join us on Facebook and Twitter .