Keeping children healthy and in school is the goal of Lancaster General Health's three school-based health centers at Carter & MacRae, Fulton and King elementary schools in the School District of Lancaster. These health centers have provided more than 2,000 health visits each year -- offering students regular access to healthcare.
LG Health's school-based centers provide physicals, immunizations and immediate medical attention for children. Center staff also addresses students' social and psychological needs, providing school uniforms and warm clothing in the winter and teaching oral hygiene. They also help parents apply for insurance and medical resources that could benefit their children.
“The goal of these centers is to keep students healthy and attending school by providing health visits to students who would otherwise be sent home to wait for a doctor’s appointment,” says Alice Yoder, Director of Community for LG Health. “We are able to attend to unmet healthcare needs by placing care where children are, as well as exactly when they need it.”
LG Health’s three elementary school-based health centers are staffed by a nurse practitioner, physician assistants, registered nurses and certified medical assistants. Clinical oversight is provided by LG Health’s Downtown Family Medicine practice. The staff works in coordination with the school district’s nurses to ensure access to medical care for the students, including sick visits, immunizations, physicals and health education. Students without a primary care provider (PCP) are linked to one, and the health center staff communicates with the student’s PCP.
Plans are currently underway to pilot an extension of LG Health’s Downtown Family Medicine to the McCaskey Campus for high school students.