Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation has hired additional health care providers to fulfill needs at school-based clinics.
Letcher County residents Lora Cook, APRN and Ashley Sumpter, APRN are the most recent advanced practice registered nurses hired by MCHC to treat students, faculty and staff in school facilities.
“The students of Letcher County are lucky to have the school-based clinics available to them,” said Cook. “In addition, I am beyond blessed to be able to provide care to our students and faculty. This program helps make it possible for kids to receive quality and compassionate healthcare right in their school.”
Cook will be stationed at the school-based clinic at Letcher County Central High School from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.
Sumpter will serve Arlie Boggs, Cowan and Martha Jane Potter elementary schools, Fleming-Neon Middle School and Jenkins Independent Schools.
Matthew Holbrook, certifi ed physician’s assistant (PA-C), will serve Cowan, Letcher, West Whitesburg elementary schools; Letcher and Whitesburg middle schools; and Letcher County Alternative Education.
Staff and students at Buckhorn School will be seen by Dr. Gary Turner, M.D. Ilene Eldridge, APRN will be serve Leatherwood and Viper elementary schools. Sara Caldwell, APRN is the provider at R.W. Combs Elementary School.
The 2014-2015 school year marks the third year Letcher County Public Schools will have partnered with MCHC for the schoolbased clinic program.
Jenkins Independent School District has had school-based clinics since December 2012 and four schools in Perry County have utilized the services of school-based clinics since December 2013.
During the 2012-2013 school year, the schoolbased clinics in Letcher County documented a total of 4,695 student and faculty patient visits. During the 2013-2014 school year, 3,208 student and faculty patient visits were counted.
Jenkins students and faculty totaled 335 visits during the 2012–2013 school year and totaled 223 visits this past school year.
In Perry County schools, the school-based clinics totaled 375 student and faculty patient visits.
The school-based clinics offer a convenience for parents by being able to have their child seen at school so they don’t have to miss work or arrange transportation to get them and take them to a clinic, said Mike Caudill, chief executive officer of MCHC.
Some of the services provided include sick visits, preventative medicine, sports and school physicals, lacerations, routine care, sports injuries and minor injuries.
The program is operated under the umbrella of MCHC, which is a federally- funded health center. Private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare will be accepted as payment. Students will also be able to participate in a discounted program for medication.
The providers have an exam room complete with privacy curtains and exam tables at each school.
• The Arlie Boggs clinic will be open 8 to 11 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays. Sumpter will be at Burdine Elementary School from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 8 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays.
• Cowan’s clinic hours are 12 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays.
• Students and staff can visit the school-based clinic at Fleming-Neon Middle School from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 11: 30 a. m. to 1 p. m. on Thursdays.
• The clinic at Jenkins Middle High School will be open 8 to 11 a. m. on Wednesdays and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.
• A provider will be available at the Letcher County Alternative School from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
• Clinic hours at Letcher Elementary School are 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The school-based clinic will also be open on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
• Letcher Middle School will have a provider from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. A provider will also be available from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.
• Martha Jane Potter Elementary School’s clinic hours are from 8 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
• A provider will be at West Whitesburg Elementary School from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
• Whitesburg Middle School will have a provider from 9: 30 to 11 a. m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.