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Carl Junction school district partners with Freeman Health to give students access to medical clinic near school

   Carl Junction has partnered with Freeman Health System to create the next best thing to a school-based clinic.

     Students will get priority access to the Carl Junction Family Medicine Clinic including transportation but all only  if parents agree.

Nurse Bridget Day at Carl Junction high school has regular visitors taking medications. But some come  in needing more health care and now she can send them to the Carl Junction family clinic.

Day says, "I think it's fantastic for those  kids who just need to get started on an antibiotic or something go down, make sure they're   not contagious. It gets them in and out and right back at school. It's so accessible, its awesome."

Through the partnership, students will be transported in this Freeman Health van driven  by a district employee to the clinic.

Day says, “We would always contact the parents first.”

Then nurse Day makes a telehealth digital connection to the clinic for an evaluation. While the hospital will be needed for broken bones, the clinic helps with other care.

Dr. Robert Schooler, Freeman's Chief Operating Officer says things like, “Bad scrapes,  cuts,  that  may or may not need a stitch or two if  it occurred on the  playground.  A  child with a  sore throat, fever, nausea  vomiting, those common primary care things.”

And Day adds, “Just so they're not  spreading something.  We've got over a thousand kids just in this building  um and so they're not walking around contagious. That something  going from ah mild to extreme.”

Parents have the option to opt out of the program but some say it has benefits.

Charlana Ellis, mother of a second and seventh grader says, “They can actually get him there if I was unable  to get him in to the doctor during school hours. I think it's great that they provide that service for them.  That way there's no missed appointments.  Working parents don't have to take off  work to have to take their child.”

Officials say all HIPA laws apply when it comes to medical privacy.

Day says, “Parental permission forms, they actually  check off what they want shared and what they would not want to share. Dr. Schooler says the goal is to offer convenience and faster access to health care.He says, “It's only two blocks from campus, as I say they will be worked into the  schedule when they get there. They will have priority scheduling."

And that means less time lost from school. Parents must  attend the first clinic visit. But kids can go alone after that. Freeman Ozark Center services will also be available to students.

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