School-based health clinic recipient of Community Betterment Award
From left: Chamber of Commerce Executive Director McKenzie Disselhort, Christy Power and Holly Griffen of Clarity Healthcare, Clarity Vice President Mark Conover, Hannibal School Superintendent Susan Johnson, and Chamber of Commerce President Brad Kurz.
PATCH Health Center, a school-based health clinic operated as a joint venture between Clarity Healthcare, a division of Preferred Family Healthcare, and Hannibal Public Schools, was presented a Community Betterment Award at a recent Hannibal Chamber of Commerce banquet.
This award was presented in recognition of the development of the PATCH Center, which offers integrated primary care, behavioral health, and dental services to students and faculty of the Hannibal School District.
The primary care clinic starts at 7 a.m. every school day, giving parents an opportunity to see if their child is truly too sick to go to school that day. Students and faculty are seen by Tonya Stamper, FNP, primary care nurse practitioner, and Cindy Epperson, LPN, primary care nurse. The center provides immunizations, well child visits, sick visits and lab services on site. The primary care team performs behavioral health screens on students and routinely links students into behavioral health services. The team also provides biometric screenings to school employees, developing personalized care plans to help school employees achieve their personal health goals.
Kristen McReynolds, counselor, and Holly Griffin, director of Children's Mental Health services, meet weekly with school counselors and administrators to discuss specific cases and identify new students in need of behavioral health services. Holly has developed a comprehensive set of supports for the school counselors, teachers and administrators, providing tools and training to help better equip the school faculty in addressing behavioral health issues in the classroom.
PATCH center is considered innovative in its approach to integrated care and a model of successful collaboration between community partners.