Bowling Green Independent Schools and Graves Gilbert Clinic are partnering to provide convenient, quality, and low-cost health services to students and employees, beginning with the 2019-20 school year. Seven schools will be staffed with school health professionals. Plus a walk-in-care service will be added to Bowling Green High School, managed by an onsite Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APRN). A Medical Director will also support the staff in implementing programs and services.
The bid for student health services was approved by the Bowling Green Board of Education on Monday, June 10, 2019.
J. Christopher Thorn, CEO of Graves Gilbert Clinic says, “Our goal is to improve the health and productivity of participants, to reduce the overall cost of healthcare, and to provide an excellent benefit to the school district. Ultimately, we will keep employees and students of Bowling Green Independent Schools healthy, productive and in the classrooms.”
Graves Gilbert Clinic will provide daily school health functions, such as the delivery of medications, first-aid, triage and access to a nurse practitioner via telemedicine services. On-site laboratory screenings will be available for flu and strep with immediate results for students and staff. When the primary care provider is not available or if students/employees do not have a provider, clinic staff will be able to administer vision and hearing tests and physical exams as required by the Kentucky Department of Education. (Consent will be obtained prior to care being rendered, with a summary that can be provided to the Primary Care Provider.)
Bowling Green Independent Schools will be responsible for providing treatment rooms and office space, phone and technology needs such as high-speed internet, video capabilities, printing, and copying, etc. as well as access to the Infinite Campus database.
Collaboration between BGISD and Graves Gilbert Clinic includes a monthly review of health services, quality improvement reviews of the services offered, feedback by staff/parents/guardians, and continuing education for nursing staff and school personnel.
Superintendent Gary Fields says, “I want to thank and commend Graves Gilbert Clinic for submitting a comprehensive proposal for student health services, which expands dramatically on our existing services. The Board of Education and I believe this new partnership will provide comprehensive health services for our students and employees, ultimately helping to keep our students and employees healthy and in our schools each day.”
BGISD and Graves Gilbert Clinic will work together in the coming weeks to inform and educate students and employees of the offerings available through this partnership.
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