RICHMOND — A Central Kentucky hospital and school district have teamed up to open a pair of school-based health clinics to treat students at public and private schools.
The partnership between Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center and the Madison County School District is aimed at offering medical attention to about 10,000 students from kindergarten through high school.
The Richmond Register reported that the LearnWell Clinics will be housed at Madison Central High in Richmond and Madison Southern High in Berea.
Both clinics will be staffed by nurse practitioners who can, with parental permission, treat minor illnesses and write prescriptions.
"This partnership is another example of how our community is all in for its kids," Madison County School Superintendent Tommy Floyd said.
The medical center will provide the staff and equipment, while the school district will furnish space, utilities and transportation, said Floyd and medical center administrator Bob Hudson. County school buses will transport students from their schools to the high-school based clinics.
Also, parents "won't have to take children out of school for medical appointments," Hudson said.
On days that schools are in session, students may visit one of the clinics when referred by a school nurse, medical center spokeswoman Jill Williams said.
Williams said the centers will treat a variety of conditions, such as asthma and ear infections, along with minor aches and pains.
The idea for the clinics came when school district and medical center officials visited an Indianapolis high school that had a similar program, Floyd said.
There are no financial eligibility requirements for children to be treated in a LearnWell Clinics, but they likely will make medical attention more available to underserved populations, Williams said.
Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center is prepared to absorb the cost of treatment in the clinics. But, Williams said, the medical center may be reimbursed by Medicaid, Medicare and private health insurance. Families will be responsible for prescriptions not covered by insurance.