Register staff report
The Berea Board of Education entered into an agreement April 29 with White House Clinics to provide in-school health services for the 2013-14 school year.
Under the agreement, White House Clinics will operate a school-based clinic at Berea Community School that can provide primary medical, dental and mental health care to students, faculty, staff and family members.
In February, the district announced that its 20-year partnership with the Madison County Health Department would end at the close of this school year.
A similar partnership with the Madison County School District also is ending this year, but the county has not announced an agreement with a new provider.
With rising personnel costs and reductions in Medicaid reimbursements, the health department would have been required to negotiate for significant increases in contract amounts for school nurse services, according to Nancy Crewe, health department director.
The Berea district paid the health department $24,000 last year. The same amount will be paid to White House Clinics, said Mike Hogg, Superintendent of the Berea Community Schools.
“We are pleased to be able to offer a broad range of services to our school community,” Hogg said. “By meeting the health needs of our students, we are better able to meet their learning needs and help ensure academic success.”
The clinic will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day school is in session and will be staffed by a full-time advanced registered nurse practitioner.
“White House Clinic is excited to enter into this partnership. We look forward to building on the strong educational environment at BCS and to providing another avenue of care to our patients,” said Stephanie Moore, White House Clinics’ chief executive officer.
At the beginning of the school year, parents and guardians of BCS students will receive informational packets, including permission forms they may sign to have White House Clinics to treat students. As in the past, when the county health department helped provide school nurses, parents may choose to allow or deny the school-based clinic staff to treat their children.
“Despite these difficult economic times, we have been able to collaborate with a strong partner in White House Clinics to not only continue to provide health services to our students, but to be able to expand those services to include medical, dental, and mental health care,” Hogg added.