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District News & Events  
August 25, 2016

MERCY SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CARE
This fall, Mercy will begin providing health and wellness services in the Lorain City Schools - making it more convenient than ever for parents to make sure their kids stay healthy!

Broad range of services - completely confidential
 

  • Physical exams - for school, sports, and camp
  • Vision and hearing screenings
  • Immunizations  
  • Common concerns such as bumps and bruises
  • Chronic disease management, including diabetes, asthma, and others
  • Well child visits

CALL  440-370-5446 TO SCHEDULE AN IN-SCHOOL APPOINTMENT

IMPORTANT: A parent or guardian must sign a consent form before a student may access the health clinics. Once this is done, your child may use the health clinic throughout his or her years in the Lorain City Schools. 

Flyers will be sent home in your child's backpack and are available at your child's school. You may also download them from the links below and return to your child's school:

 

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Why are you implementing the school-based health clinics?

Lorain City Schools (LCS) listened to feedback from our parents, staff, students and community about how we can better meet their needs.  LCS learned that better access to health care services a need among our school families.  LCS wanted to address that need to help our parents and students. The school-based health clinics (SBHC) support Mercy’s commitment to improving the health of the community and improving access to health care for our communities.

 

Why did you select Mercy as your partner for the school-based clinics?

We selected Mercy as a partner because of their long-standing commitment to serving the needs of the community, high-quality services and dedication to making healthcare easier and more accessible. Mercy has agreed to bear the costs of the SBHC staff as part of its mission to improve the health of our community.  The Mercy team has worked hand-in-hand with the LCS in developing the SBHC.

 

Where are the school-based health clinics?

The clinics, located in the Larkmoor, Palm and Washington school buildings, will offer confidential healthcare for all children attending Lorain City Schools.

 

My child attends another school. Can they still use one of the health clinics?

Yes, the Lorain City Schools will provide shuttle transportation from surrounding schools to these locations.

 

When will they open?

August 29, 2016

 

What hours are they open?

The Mercy SBHC will be open Monday through Friday during school hours. They will rotate their location between Larkmoor, Palm, and Washington school buildings. 

 

What services are available?

Services will include:

  • Well child visits
  • Immunizations
  • Chronic disease management, including diabetes, asthma and other
  • Care for illness and minor injuries
  • Physical exams - for school and sports

 

What steps do I need to take to use the services?

A parent or guardian must sign a consent form before a student may access the health clinic.

Consent forms are available in each school, and can be downloaded from www.lorainschools.org/health to complete the consent form. 

 

Will the clinics treat my child without my permission?

No. For your child to use the clinics, a parent or guardian must give consent. Consent forms are available in each school, and can be downloaded from www.lorainschools.org/health to complete the online consent form.

 

Is there a cost for the health services?

Yes, the SBHC’s charge for services but they will be billed to any health insurance, Medicaid or other coverage you have.  You remain responsible for any amounts you owe because of co-pays, deductibles or other terms of your health coverage. In adherence to the Mission of Mercy, if no insurance or other coverage is available, Mercy will treat all students regardless of ability to pay and work with the families for payment and/or financial assistance. 

 

How do I find out if the clinics are covered by my insurance?

Please check with your insurance company to ensure that Mercy is included in your network.  Mercy accepts Medicaid. Mercy’s financial assistance office

 

What if I don’t have insurance?

If you don’t have insurance, Mercy will work with you to connect you to resources. In adherence to the Mission of Mercy, if no insurance is available, Mercy will treat all students regardless of ability to pay and work with the families for payment and/or financial assistance. 

 

How is the health clinic different from the services provided by the school health professional?

The role of the school health professional is to follow the existing protocols to triage students with illness or injury for appropriate treatment.  Their role is not changing. The Mercy SBHCs will be able to treat illnesses, injuries, help manage chronic conditions and services to keep your child healthy, such as well visits, immunizations and physicals for school, sports, and camp.

 

How will I learn of results of any tests, medicines prescribed or other care instructions?

Communication will be handled in the same way any patient is informed of test results from a physician.  The Mercy SBHC will communicate via phone calls, letters or by computer, through the Mercy electronic patient portal MyChart.
 

Can other family members, such as parents and siblings not attending Lorain City Schools, utilize the health clinics?

At this time the Mercy Health SBHCs are focusing on students, faculty and staff of the Lorain City Schools.  Future planning will explore expanding to those in the community.
 

Our family has a primary care doctor. Can my child still use the clinic?

Yes. The Mercy Health SBHC will not affect your family’s relationship with a primary care physician.  The Mercy Health SBHC simply makes care easier by offering the option for students to receive primary care medical services at an SBHC.  The Mercy Health SBHC will share medical information with your child’s primary care physician when requested to do, to the extent permitted under and consistent with all applicable privacy and confidentiality rules.  

 

What information will be shared with my doctor?

If your doctor is part of the Mercy Health Physicians network, your information will automatically be updated through our electronic health record. If your doctor is not part of the Mercy Health Physicians network, you will need to update them as appropriate.  Mercy will happily furnish medical records to any physician if requested properly, to the extent permitted under and consistent with all applicable privacy and confidentiality rules. 

 

How is my child’s privacy protected?

We are committed to ensuring your child’s privacy is protected. The same Federal law privacy protections imposed on and followed by Mercy at its other health care facilities will apply to the SBHC.  That’s why results of tests and diagnoses will only be shared with parents and guardians.

 

How do I schedule an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, please call 440-370-5446 during school hours. 

             

My child has an appointment/what if I can’t be there?

All efforts will be made to communicate with the parent/guardian regarding their child’s care and all care decisions. It is best to be present, but we understand there are unavoidable circumstances when that is not possible. Once a consent is signed, we will ask you to also complete a health history to help our staff to be as well informed as possible regarding your child.

 

What are accommodations for Spanish speaking families?

The Mercy SBHC have Spanish speaking staff on our team.  Handouts and forms have been translated into Spanish.

 

What other programs are being developed to support our family?

Additional wrap-around services will be developed by Lorain City Schools in partnership with other community/business/school partners, in the areas of dental, vision, mental health, basic food needs, basic clothing and shelter needs, tutoring, mentoring, and student-centered programming such as arts enrichment. The wrap-around services will be developed by LCSD but Mercy will make every attempt to integrate the SBHC services with any additional services to holistically address students’ needs.

Where can I find additional information?


Visit our website at http://www.lorainschools.org/health


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