ST. GEORGE (AP) — Talks between the Washington County School Board and Intermountain Healthcare could bring a community health clinic to a southern Utah elementary school campus.

The Washington Elementary School-based clinic would serve students and the community, setting fees based on a sliding scale.

Dixie Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Terri Draper says an Intermountain Healthcare Foundation endowment would fund the clinic perpetually. The district would provide the facility, pay the utilities and janitorial service.

Draper says an affordable clinic could prevent some emergency room visits.

Last year, 10 percent of patients in the Washington area received charity care for medical needs. The costs totaled $2.6 million.