The Japanese Greenbrier Well being Middle has reopened, welcoming group sufferers, giving free sports activities physicals to college students, and providing reasonably priced healthcare to the Greenbrier Valley.
The Well being Middle has been seeing college students for over 12 years. Now this service is increasing to most people, with help from the Rainelle Medical Middle.
“We’re right here to advertise and enhance the general well being of our group and college students,” defined Terra Skaggs, Director of College-Based mostly Well being for the Rainelle Medical Middle. “We revamped and transformed the within just a little bit so we might maximize our area. Now we are able to see extra sufferers.”
The ability held a ribbon chopping on Wednesday, August 25, with a number of native representatives, the Chamber of Commerce, and members of the varsity system popping out to rejoice.
“I’m simply joyful that you just’re right here,” mentioned Lewisburg Mayor Beverly White. “The group has one other useful resource for entry to healthcare and that’s so essential to our group.”
Contained in the constructing, which deceptively seems to be tiny from the surface, there’s area for 3 totally different rooms to see sufferers, a break room, a lockable foyer, break room, and workplaces, every of which have simply been or are about to be freshly renovated.
The reworking and relaunch’s purpose is to point out that the power is just not just for college students and workers of Greenbrier County Faculties. Most of the people can also be welcome.
“We will see the entire household,” Skaggs mentioned. “We do every thing right here, whether or not you want your A1C checked, in case you really feel such as you want your kidneys checked, in case your throat is swollen, persistent care administration, it doesn’t matter what it’s. Along with [Brittney Parker], we have now Dr. Jennifer Brown, she’s right here on Tuesdays, so we have now two medical suppliers.”
There on a day-to-day foundation is Parker, the nurse practitioner who can write scripts, deal with sufferers, and is at present engaged on a doctoral program that may enable her to supply extra companies. Parker additionally reduce the ribbon throughout the grand reopening.
“It’s a terrific feeling – I actually love school-based well being,” Parker mentioned. “It’s my ardour. … I grew up in Greenbrier County. I labored as a nurse for a short while, a pediatric nurse, then I went again to practitioners college.”
|The ribbon chopping noticed (l to r) Chamber of Commerce Govt Director Ashley Vickers, Senate Minority Chief Stephen Baldwin, Director of Advertising & Human Sources at Rainelle Medical Middle Lisa Redden, Terra Skaggs, household nurse practitioner Brittany Parker (chopping the ribbon), LPN Emily Callison, GEHS Principal Ben Routson, workers member Mary Tincher, Superintendent of Faculties Jeff Bryant, Lewisburg Mayor Beverly White, and Head College Nurse Paula McCoy.|
Along with seeing the general public now, the power can even have longer hours.
“We’ve been right here for 12 years for school-based well being,” Skaggs mentioned. “That started off someday every week and moved as much as two days every week, simply throughout the college day. The pandemic actually opened our eyes to see that medical care is absolutely wanted full time right here. They want full-time entry to look after damage and sickness. We determined to … revamp it and that approach we might be right here full time. We’re right here now Monday by way of Thursday from 8 to six p.m.”
This additionally consists of sufferers who’re much less capable of afford primary entry to healthcare.
“Anyone that has misplaced entry to care … or they don’t have insurance coverage or they don’t have nice insurance coverage, we’re right here to serve all people equally,” Skaggs mentioned. “Whether or not you’ve gotten nice insurance coverage or are uninsured, we deal with all people the identical. [We can give care based] on a sliding payment scale. That’s what differentiates non-public observe from a federally certified well being heart. We signal a contract with a authorities that claims we’re going to deal with everybody equally. They assist us offset that expense, although not absolutely as a result of we do supply decrease costs anyway. It’s a false impression you’re not getting high quality care – it’s simply the other.”
Quickly the power is anticipating two multicolored indicators, one to face Japanese Greenbrier Center College and one other to face Greenbrier East Excessive College with their very own colours. Because of it’s location between the 2, college students who obtain care by way of the power don’t should miss as a lot class.
“You’ll be able to come and have a health care provider’s go to throughout the college day and nonetheless, on the finish of the varsity yr, have excellent attendance,” Skaggs defined. “It reduces the lack of instruction time, it will increase entry to care. … An appointment with us is half-hour. If a father or mother picks them up, they’re lacking their private time, they’re lacking half a day of labor, lots of occasions college students don’t return to high school after an appointment or they’re gone half the day they usually have an absence. … Even lecturers. They wouldn’t should miss work. Throughout their planning interval, throughout lunch, they might pop over. We might hold lecturers within the classroom, we might hold college students within the classroom.”
Dad and mom that want to reap the benefits of this, and the free sports activities physicals provided by the workers, simply have to fill out a care kind. This kind permits the dad and mom to resolve the extent of care the practitioners may give with out further parental consent.
“Our dad and mom can fill out the well being consent and choose their scholar’s degree of care,” Skaggs mentioned. “If they’ve a major care supplier or a pediatrician and obtain their healthcare elsewhere, that’s completely nice. What we are able to do is present for damage or sickness or COVID checks. No matter they choose, that’s the extent of care we’ll present for them.”
With the grand opening carried out, Parker and the remainder of the crew look ahead to seeing sufferers.
“Our faculty system is blessed to have them right here, not solely right here, however in different places in our county,” mentioned Superintendent of Faculties Jeff Bryant.