Bolivar Schools is partnering with Citizens Memorial Hospital on telehealth services.
Through the agreement starting this semester, students and employees have access to CMH's telehealth services while they are at school, according to a news release.
“We have a phenomenal nursing staff at Bolivar Schools, but their scope of care is limited,” said Richard Asbill, the school district's superintendent, in the release. “Virtual appointments with doctors will provide an additional level of care with the convenience of students not having to leave school for an appointment. Our goal is that more students and employees will be able to stay in school for conditions that are not contagious.
"It also adds convenience for parents who don’t have to leave work or school to take a child to an unexpected appointment.”
Parents must opt into the program, which will cost $30 per virtual visit if not covered by health insurance.
Through the partnership, students and staff who become ill with acute conditions while at school can speak with a provider at the CMH Pediatric Clinic or Butterfield Park Medical Center, according to the release. An on-site health navigator will communicate with parents and coordinate appointment scheduling.
“The navigator will be the link between the school nurse, student, parents and medical provider,” said Michelle Boehne, administrative director of clinics at CMH, in the release. “We look forward to collaborating with Bolivar Schools to benefit students, employees and their families.”
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