Bassett Healthcare Network & Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Hold Ribbon-Cutting for New School-Based Health Center

Ribbon Cutting at GMU SBHC
Retired New York State Senator James Seward cuts the ribbon with help from GMU students and district superintendent Annette Hammond. 

Bassett Healthcare Network and Gilbertsville-Mount Upton (GMU) Central School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 7 to celebrate the district's new school-based health center. The clinic was made possible thanks to a grant and monies secured by retired New York State Senator James Seward, as well as a generous contribution by the Clark Foundation. 

Although GMU's school-based health center officially opened in August 2020, the formal ribbon-cutting was delayed due to COVID-19. Despite the postponed celebration, GMU's school-based health center practitioners and staff have been serving the medical, dental, and mental health needs of students since last summer. 

Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President & CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network, offered remarks along with Dr. Chris Kjolhede, pediatrician and co-medical director of Bassett's School-Based Health Program, Senator Seward, New York State Senator Peter Oberacker (R-Maryland), and Annette Hammond, superintendent of GMU Central School District.

A school-based health center may become a child's primary source of health care. If a child already has a health care provider, the school-based health clinic will work with that provider in caring for the child. Care provided in the school-based health setting includes:

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

The only requirement children must meet to enroll in school-based health is that they must be a student in GMU Central School District. No family pays out-of-pocket for any services provided at the school-based health center. If a student has insurance, the school-based health center will bill the student's health insurance for services provided. For those without insurance, the school-based health center can help enroll eligible patients into Child Health Plus, New York State's health insurance plan for children.