Bassett Opens 20th School Based Health Center

October 25, 2015

On September 23, 2015, the New York State Department of Health gave Bassett Healthcare Network the green light to open the much anticipated school-based health center (SBHC) at Richfield Springs Central School. The SBHC, which is for Pre-K – 12 students and is located in one of the original kindergarten classrooms, is Bassett’s 20th such center in upstate New York.

A formal ribbon cutting is planned for Thursday, October 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. with formal remarks planned for 5 p.m. Staff will be on hand to offer tours of the brand new facility and assistance in filling out applications.

The SBHC will not replace the school nurse. Rather, students enrolled in the SBHC will receive primary care services from family nurse practitioner Cynthia Campbell. A Bassett pediatrician is available for consultation and will be on site at the school one to two times each month. Kathleen Dejong, a licensed clinical social worker, is available to provide mental health counseling. A registered dental hygienist will continue to be available intermittently through the year to provide preventive dental services, referrals and individual and classroom oral health education.

The SBHC may become a child’s primary source of health care. If a child already has a health care provider, the SBHC will work with that provider in caring for the child. Care provided in the SBHC setting includes:

  • Annual physical examinations 
  • Immunizations
  • Diagnosis and treatment of both short-and long-term illnesses
  • Mental health services
  • Health education
  • Preventive dental care

“The Richfield Springs SBHC will provide quick access to high quality health care for our students,” said Richfield Springs Central School District Superintendent F. Daniel Myers. “In addition to offering a variety of important services, the SBHC is also a very convenient way to get health care. For example, students can get their immunizations in school at the SBHC, so parents won’t have to take time off from work. Students can also visit the SBHC and then get right back to class, minimizing time away from the classroom. Good health and more instruction time will only lead to better results in the classroom, as well.”

The only requirement for enrolling a child in the SBHC is that they must be a student in the Richfield Springs Central School District. Bassett Healthcare has already mailed applications to families in the school district. No family pays out-of-pocket for any services provided at the SBHC. If a student has insurance, the SBHC will bill the student’s health insurance for services provided at the clinic. However, services provided outside of the SBHC, such as X-rays, laboratory tests, prescriptions and specialty consultations are the responsibility of the parent. For those without insurance, the SBHC can help enroll eligible children into Child Health Plus, a health insurance plan for children in New York state.

Health care is expensive, but what RSCS and Bassett have done is provide an affordable option for its families,” said Myers. “Some families don’t make as much money as others, but someone’s finances shouldn’t prevent children who are working hard to maximize their potential from having access to something so essential in life - - quality health care.”

Richfield Springs’ SBHC will be open on days school is in session along with limited summertime hours. During non-school days, parents may call the SBHC’s toll free number - - 1-800-227-7388 - - to be connected with a SBH medical or mental health provider.

The SBHC was funded through a grant and monies provided by State Senator James Seward and State Assemblyman William Magee, as well as a generous contribution by SEFCU (State Employees Federal Credit Union), with 46 branches in the capital region, Binghamton, Syracuse, and Buffalo.

When school is in session, the SBHC is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Practitioner hours are:
Monday – 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday – 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Thursday – 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Friday – 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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