This spring the Red River School Board is moving toward school-based health clinics. At their May meeting the board was updated on linking the clinics at the individual schools with the local hospital.
Matthew Sigler with Tele-Health Services and Brandon Hillman of Christus Coushatta went before the board to report. Tele-Health will supply the technology to allow doctors at the hospital to get vital signs and other health information from a student who is still on campus. Sigler explained, “We have grant money for three years so the schools with have the equipment and the hospital can receive it. This will cut down on absences and the number of students that have to go to the hospital.”
Hillman explained the system would save time and effort. He said, “Christus Coushatta will have a nurse at each school site.” He added, “We will get the kids information into the system when he is seen at the school. If further treatment at the hospital is needed, the student will not have to wait because he will already be in the system. This is a medical visit when the child is seen at school.”
Implementation of the in-school health clinics has been underway this spring. It is expected to be up and running about August first, in time for classes to begin.