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Decatur County Telehealth

 

Additional School-based Telehealth Center added to Potter Street Elementary September 2015

Memorial Hospital and Manor announces receipt of grant funding from the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth to operate an additional rural school-based telehealth program at Potter Street Elementary School.  The grant award begins for the current school year.

The purpose of the school based health centers are to:

  • Provide primary medical care and behavioral health services at each site.
  • Offer health services in the school building or on campus in a space that is adequate for service provision and that ensures confidentiality.
  • Utilize outreach activities to enroll students and encourage use of the school-based telehealth center(s) throughout the school year.
  • Integrate health promotion efforts with the school community served by the school-based telehealth center(s).
  • Maintain a Community Advisory Council (CAC) which has clearly-defined roles in guiding sustainability efforts, monitoring quality improvement, and lending expertise in helping to promote the school-based health center(s) to the broader community.
  • Target services to student populations with documented needs such as low-income status, lack of access to primary care, uninsured or underinsured, and/or evidence of poor health status.
  • Link with community resources for services not provided onsite.

The health center at Potter Street along with the current centers at Jones Wheat and West Bainbridge will have access to the primary care provider via telehealth links, or direct phone access to our pediatric clinic and emergency department staff.  Where appropriate, our medical provider may attend to a medical situation in person at the health center when a telehealth interface is inadequate to provide an ideal assessment. If communication is required for outside consultants and providers, that will occur through established HIPAA compliant channels and established EHR links with authorized partners.

Dr. April Aldridge stated, "Both Dr. Rayfield and I are excited about the addition of another health center at Potter Street Elementary.  Our TeleHealth Centers provide access to primary health services to our students. We are committed to expanding these services in the future to other school sites.  Parents of students attending Potter Street elementary that are interested in enrolling their child for these health services should contact the School Nurse at Potter Street."

“This is great news that we are excited to share with the community.  We are very fortunate as a community to now have three school-based telehealth centers.  We continue to look forward to working with the Decatur County Board of Education to provide additional care for the children of Decatur County,” said Billy Walker, CEO of Memorial Hospital and Manor. 

“We have only begun to scratch the surface of the planned services we will be able to offer through our telehealth network,” cited Dr. Winston Price, Chair of Pediatrics and Medical Coordinator for the Decatur County Telehealth Project.


On September 16, 2014, The Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth announced two awards to Memorial Hospital and Manor, Memorial Pediatrics, and the Decatur County School System for the periods 2014-2015 totaling $60,000 to establish school-based telehealth centers at Jones Wheat and West Bainbridge Elementary Schools in Bainbridge, Georgia.

The purpose of the school based health centers are to:

  • Provide primary medical care and behavioral health services at each site.
  • Offer health services in the school building or on campus in a space that is adequate for service provision and that ensures confidentiality.
  • Utilize outreach activities to enroll students and encourage use of the school-based telehealth center(s) throughout the school year.
  • Integrate health promotion efforts with the school community served by the school-based telehealth center(s).
  • Maintain a Community Advisory Council (CAC) which has clearly-defined roles in guiding sustainability efforts, monitoring quality improvement, and lending expertise in helping to promote the school-based health center(s) to the broader community.
  • Target services to student populations with documented needs such as low-income status, lack of access to primary care, uninsured or underinsured, and/or evidence of poor health status.
  • Link with community resources for services not provided onsite.

The health center in each school will have access to the primary care provider via telehealth links, or direct phone access to our pediatric clinic and emergency department staff.  Where appropriate, our medical provider may attend to a medical situation in person at the health center when a telehealth interface is inadequate to provide an ideal assessment. If communication is required for outside consultants and providers, that will occur through established HIPAA compliant channels and established EHR links with authorized partners.

 

For information or questions, contact:    SBTC-Medical@mh-m.org   or   admintelehealth@dcboe.com

  

To view of summary presentation of the Decatur County Telehealth program, click here.

 

To view a printable brochure about the Decatur County Telehealth program, click here.

 

For more information about the Georgia Telehealth program, click here.

 

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