10 Facts You Should Know about Girard School-Based Health Center

Fact #1: 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 is a doctor’s office inside of your child’s school, staffed with a primary care provider and clinical staff from 8 am to 5 pm each week throughout the school year. Services are provided through 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗡𝗲𝘁. The SBHC was established to supplement the care children already receive, reach children who may not have access to care, and decrease absenteeism.

Fact #2: 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 is located at Girard High School.

Fact #3: Any student with a signed consent form that attends school within the Girard School District may be seen at 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘁 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹. Our providers will also administer primary health care services to the staff of Girard School District and Girard/Lake City Community members.

Fact #4: Our primary care providers offer a variety of services through 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘁 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹. These services include yearly well-child exams, vaccinations, sports physicals, acute care visits (i.e., sick visits, lacerations, injuries, etc.), chronic care visits (i.e., asthma, allergy shots, etc.), and early intervention/prevention through consistency and education.

Fact #5: 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 was formed in collaboration with Girard School District Board of Education and 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗡𝗲𝘁 to provide care and convenience for the children and the staff of the Girard School District. Completing a consent form and registering your children in school-based health care is optional.

Fact #6: Before each visit with your child (whether previously scheduled or not), the provider at 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 will contact you by phone before that day’s visit to verify that your child may be seen. If the provider cannot reach you, they will defer to your child’s written consent form. If a written consent form is not available and the provider cannot speak with you to obtain verbal consent, your child will not be seen. Verbal permission is good for that day’s visit and may only be obtained once per school year.

Fact #7: We accept consent forms anytime throughout the school year. These are available at each location of Girard School District (Elk Valley Elementary, Rice Avenue Middle School, and Girard High School), in the main office and nurses’ offices.

Fact #8: Yes, all services provided within 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 will be billed. We accept most major insurances, including PEIA, CHIPs, Medicaid, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. If your child does not have insurance, they can still be seen at the SBHC, and you will be billed directly for the cost of the services.

Fact #9: If your child is uninsured, please contact 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗡𝗲𝘁 at (814) 454-4530 for assistance in enrolling in an insurance plan or the CHN 𝗦𝗹𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗙𝗲𝗲 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺. The Sliding Fee Discount Program reduces the cost of care to uninsured patients based on their family size and income.

Fact #10: 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 is funded by Community Health Net and staffed by a primary care provider and a clinical team.

Call us at (814) 455-7222