Tuesday, June 24, 2014
MetroHealth Announces 11 New School-Based Health Clinics
Beginning this fall, MetroHealth physicians and nurse practitioners will provide health services to 11 new Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) locations during the 2014-15 school year, adding up to 13 overall.
School-based health clinics are a cost-effective way to provide medical care to students. MetroHealth provides urgent care, well child visits, immunizations, sports physicals and basic lab tests through its centers, and has helped families sign up for health insurance. It also treats chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes that could affect kids for years to come.
“Healthy kids learn better,” said Jesse Honsky, RN, head of MetroHealth’s school-based health program. “Better learning leads to a healthier community.”
Parents are welcome at any appointment, either in-person or by phone, but are spared from having to take their kids into the doctor’s office or hospital, giving them added flexibility.
The announcement comes a month and a half after President and CEO Dr. Akram Boutros pledged to serve 22 CMSD schools within the next two years.
Neighborhood Family Practice, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC), will partner with MetroHealth and CMSD in this expansion, serving two West Side schools.
“We’re very excited to respond to this need,” said Neighborhood Family Practice President and CEO Jean Polster, RN, MS. “This is a terrific chance to work together for the health of the students of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.”
A mobile clinic, which began serving Lincoln-West High School in March, will add three high schools, five elementary schools and the K-12 Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy for arrivals from other countries and Puerto Rico to its rounds. Newly covered schools include:
- High Schools: John Adams, Max S. Hayes and Garrett Morgan School of Science
- Elementary Schools: Luiz Munoz Marin, Miles Park, Harvey Rice, Anton Grdina and Walton
Students at Fullerton and Willow elementary schools will be serviced by MetroHealth’s clinic at Mound-STEM, the health system’s first school-based health clinic.
More than 130 students apiece at Mound-STEM and Lincoln-West signed up to use the clinics last year. Those numbers are expected to increase significantly in 2014-15, when consent forms will be handed out with the rest of the beginning of the year materials.