We’re delighted to announce TEAM Clinics was recently the subject of a recent story in Oklahoma’s Shawnee News-Star. In the article, the paper reported that, as of the new school year, TEAM Clinics and Shawnee Public Schools have partnered to provide onsite remote medical visits for students and staff. These services are currently available for Shawnee Early Childhood Center, Shawnee High School, and Jefferson and Horace Mann Elementary Schools.
TEAM Clinics Offers Quality Medical Care to Students
In 2017, TEAM Clinics identified a need in Oklahoma’s communities for accessible, efficient and quality medical care for students. We noticed that they required access to more resources to better serve them. With that in mind, TEAM Clinics worked with school officials to put into place a program to do just that.
With parent permission, students can now see a provider through our video conference services while at school for common ailments like sore throats, ear infections, the flu, and even strep throat.
After putting into place a pilot program in the previous school year, Shawnee district Superintendent Dr. April Grace was so impressed with TEAM Clinics’ services, she was convinced such a program should be implemented on an ongoing basis.
According to the article, Grace said: “the goal is for the district to provide more ‘wraparound’ services to students and families and this is a way to provide a basic level of health care needs.” Her statement is very much in keeping with TEAM Clinics’ overarching mission and its commitment to healthy kids.
At its meeting on August 6th, The Shawnee School Board heard from TEAM Clinic’s CEO, Trevor Nutt, who spoke about the new health care options being offered, along with the District’s Health Coordinator, LaRita Haffey, who also addressed the Board. “We’re prepared to take care of the child,” Nutt said. Haffey said she hopes to eventually roll out the program to all district schools.
How Does TEAM Clinics Work?
TEAM Clinics’ services are designed so that providers can work in conjunction with nurses at local school sites, using equipment to diagnose and treat students’ illnesses.
With access to video conference services, students can speak with a provider while school nurses have access to remote diagnostic equipment. (Training is provided for school nurses and health aides prior to the start of a school year.)
Lifting the Burden From Busy Parents
Our aim is to use technology to make virtual visits convenient for students as well as parents, who can join the conference from work or home using a phone app to ask questions, get information about their child’s condition and request that any prescriptions be transmitted to their pharmacy of choice.
Part of our mission is to ease the burden on parents and guardians, who must so often rearrange schedules and request time off work to take sick kids to see the doctor. Providing onsite access to medical professionals via video conferencing helps us accomplish this goal. Parents can worry less, knowing their children are getting immediate, high-quality health care right there at school.
Since teachers and staff are exposed to students’ illnesses, they can also take advantage of TEAM Clinics’ services.