Health Centers in Red River Schools

Trinity Community Health Centers of Louisiana is bringing school based health clinics to Red River parish.  Plans were presented to the School Board December 14th by Deano Thornton, the group’s Executive Director.  Trinity currently operates centers in Winn, Bienville, Lincoln, Grant, Avoyelles, and Rapides parishes.

Thornton told the board, “We currently serve about 25,000 students each year with preventative care as well as acute care.  This includes Kid Med visits and oral health through our mobile van for preventative exams.”

Superintendent Alison Hughes said, “It is one of the best opportunities to bring this into the schools.  It is a win-win for us and will assure students get well care as well as sick care.”  Hughes said she had been talking with them about two years to get this done.

Thornton said, “We will be hiring nurse practitioners locally if possible.”  He indicated the plan is to send parental consent forms home with students this year to get them enrolled before school starts in the fall.  This is needed so Trinity can prepare the staff and facilities needed to begin in the fall. 

Thornton was questioned about the confidentially of students personal and medical information.  He said, “It will be stored in the cloud.  We are fully HIPPA compliant.”

Hughes assured the board that the new school based health clinics will be supplemental health services offered to students.  She said, “It will not interfere with current nursing staff and any services they provide.”