Jordan Valley Clinic offers virtual medical visits to Republic School District students

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Families in Republic will soon have the luxury of not having to take their student out of the classroom for some doctor’s appointments.

The district has partnered with the Jordan Valley Community Health Center. Service begins October 1. The center already offers school-based services in Lebanon and Hollister.

When a school nurse identifies a need, a worker from the Jordan Valley Community Health Center facilitates a telehealth visit with a provider. Parents must approve. Providers will see children for things like ear infections, sore throats, and rashes. Doctors can also prescribe medication. The Jordan Valley Community Health Center also brings in a provider physically once a month to do things like wild child checks, sports physical exams, and vaccinations. The center will soon be offering services through its vision and mobile dental units. The service is also available to staff.

“It’s a great partnership for us,” said Natalie Botkin, director of school health services in the Republic. “We are looking to remove barriers and provide access to care for our children. And that means getting them to medical, dental, vision, mental health appointments. So it’s about serving our children and families in more ways than we can do right here at the school health unit.

The Jordan Valley Community Health Center says it takes all insurance, including Medicaid. They will also see uninsured children.

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