SOUTH DAYTON - An open house to introduce the Pine Valley Central School community to the new School-Based Health Center (SBHC) located at the high school will be held Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony slated for 5:30 p.m. The school is located at 7755 Route 83 in South Dayton.
PVCS students, their families and local residents are invited to attend the open house to tour the state-of-the-art medical facilities and learn how the health center aims to improve the health of students, while at the same time improving their educational performance.
The School-Based Health Center is a collaboration between the Pine Valley Central School District and The Resource Center. The Resource Center is an Article 28 clinic and oversees the facility's operation.
The SBHC's objectives are to promote good physical and mental health. Students enrolled in the SBHC may receive services such as treatment for chronic and acute illnesses, immunizations, physicals, and other activities that promote health and prevent disease.
The SBHC promotes health and holistic growth for students and families by integrating education, health and human services within a school setting. An important component of the SBHC is to build a relationship among students, their families and the school. The SBHC does not replace other health care providers in the area, but instead supplements the care students currently receive through their family doctor.
Thousands of school-aged children in New York state have limited access to comprehensive health services because of financial, geographical and other barriers to care. SBHCs are the first line of defense for kids' health.
SBHCs bring vital health services to students where they are in school.
Numerous studies show that SBHCs increase access to health care for youth, improve school attendance and performance, reduce emergency room visits, prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, and lower total annual Medicaid expenditures.
SBHCs bring comprehensive primary care services to the place where children and youth are during the day and address critical health problems that make it difficult for students to learn. SBHCs assure equal access for all children and adolescents to critical health care services, leading to opportunities for success in school and in life.
There are currently 220 SBHCs operating in rural, suburban and urban areas of New York State. Nearly 200,000 students are served in SBHCs throughout the state. The SBHC is a convenient medical service for students that improves health care outcomes and can be used in conjunction with existing primary care providers.
The Resource Center is a not-for-profit organization whose mission encompasses delivering care to children and adults with disabilities, as well as low-income and other vulnerable populations, including the uninsured and those covered by Medicaid.
In addition to Pine Valley High School, The Resource Center has been providing comprehensive primary care to students at the Jamestown High School SBHC since 2005. Currently, more than half of JHS students are enrolled in the SBHC. The Jamestown SBHC is staffed by a family nurse practitioner, a medical assistant and a registered nurse.
The Pine Valley SBHC is staffed by a medical assistant and the SBHC's supervising physician, Dr. Thomas Putnam.
For more information about the School-Based Health Center or the open house, call 661-1490.