Associated Press (12.15.11) - Monday, January 09, 2012
Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw is the latest Michigan
school to open a student health center focused on
comprehensive primary care and patient education.
The center, opened by Health Delivery Inc., looks like a
doctor's office, with exam rooms and a reception area, said
Jodi Scorsone, the company's vice president of public
relations and facilities. Previously, Arthur Hill students had
to visit a mobile medical unit for treatment.
In addition to providing physicals, immunizations, and other
care basics, the center offers students information about
reproductive health, STDs, and abusive relationships.
Brochures are displayed in a rack in the bathroom where
students can view them privately, said Angelia Williams, a
registered nurse and Health Delivery's project director for
school-based health centers. The center has averaged 10 to 15
patients a day since opening in September, she said. Parental
permission is required for students needing treatment.
Seventy such centers are currently operating in schools across
the state. In 2007, Health Delivery and Saginaw High School
opened a clinic.