MOULTRIE — Four organizations have partnered to improve access to medical care for school children in Colquitt County.
Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation, the Colquitt County Board of Education, the Colquitt County Health Department and the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth are working together to establish the Packer Health Clinic, a school based telehealth clinic that will be located at Stringfellow Elementary, Okapilco Elementary and C.A. Gray Jr. High.
“The clinics will aim to meet the minor health needs of students without the students having to be absent from school,” said a press release from the hospital. “School nurses, utilizing medical devices equipped with cameras, will work with local healthcare providers who will view the images on a computer screen at their offices. Written parental consent will be required prior to students participating in the program. Parents are allowed to attend and encouraged, but it is not required.”
Local healthcare providers participating include Dr. Patricia Lee June, Dr. Woody Weeks and Nurse Practitioner Cassidy Fowler.
Services offered at the clinic include but are not limited to care for acute illnesses (i.e. sore throat, earache, skin rash), management of ongoing care of existing medical conditions (i.e. asthma), and lab tests (i.e. strep tests, flu screens, urine analysis).
The Packer Health Clinic is part of the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth Network and has access to network specialists. This will allow students needing specialty care not available locally to receive medical attention from a specialist without leaving Colquitt County.
“This is a unique partnership between our school nurses and local physicians,” said Suzanne Sumner, Colquitt County school nurse coordinator. “Not only will our students have improved access to medical care but their time away from class will also be reduced. We appreciate everyone who has helped us put this together and look forward to seeing many students benefit!”
Funding for the clinic was made possible by a donation from the Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation and other grants received by the Colquitt County Board of Education.
“When we completed our Community Needs Assessment one of the areas we committed to addressing was increasing access to healthcare. This project does just that and we are proud to support it,” said Nicole Gilbert, director of the Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation.
For more information on the Packer Health Clinic please contact Sumner at 229-873-3452 or email@example.com.