Community Medical Clinic aims to reach more local students in School-Based Health Centers

Community health nonprofit adds nurse practitioners on site at Kershaw County high schools, new 'Telehealth' service
By: Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County
 
 
Kim Cogdill, FNP testing the Telehealth equipment with Bethany Gilliland, LPN
Kim Cogdill, FNP testing the Telehealth equipment with Bethany Gilliland, LPN
 
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CAMDEN, S.C. - Nov. 11, 2019 - PRLog -- After expanding  the School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) in Kershaw County to all high schools this fall, the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County (CMC) is rolling out "Telehealth" services to further expand their capacity to provide immediate medical care for students that would otherwise need to leave school for an acute need.

Telehealth will allow CMC's nurse practitioners to expand their availability at SBHCs at Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools.

Telehealth uses digital communication technologies to access healthcare services using a high speed internet connection. When parents enroll a child in CMC's SBHC program, that student will be assisted by a CMC nurse that can access the medical provider remotely to be examined, diagnosed and treated. The telemedicine cart is provided by the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, a state government supported Alliance, headquartered at the Medical University of the state's Center for Telehealth.

With Telehealth, enrolled students will receive evaluations remotely, without leaving school. The nurse practitioner at CMC's school-based clinics can diagnose, write prescriptions and provide medical excuses. If follow-up is required, the nurse practitioner can contact the child's parents, primary health provider, and local pharmacies. The primary goal is to reduce unexcused medical absences.  Additional benefits are a decrease in unnecessary emergency room visits, keeping children in school, and preventing parents from having to leave work if a child has a health complaint.

"Pairing Telehealth with our in-school clinics is a smart idea that is already working in other schools that has piloted the program," said Dr. Shane Robbins, superintendent of the Kershaw County School District. "We are thrilled to partner with CMC to introduce what will surely be a highly valuable service for our students and will help improve population health and graduation rates across the county."

"Launching our new Telehealth services offers a fantastic, cutting-edge way to increase capacity for access to healthcare" said Susan Witkowski, CEO of CMC. "The partnership with South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) services will be a huge asset in helping our county's students, while simultaneously improving overall community health."

Telehealth is now being used by more than 80 schools across South Carolina.

Parents and students can download the SBHC enrollment form at https://bit.ly/2m2IcJ6.

About CMC
CMC is a community leader in providing healthcare resources and preventative care to the uninsured in Kershaw County. They provide primary care to patients at no cost while leading a collaborative effort to empower individuals to take charge of their own health and well-being. Learn more at https://www.cmcofkc.org.

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