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MUSC opens 1st elementary school-based health clinic

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A full-time nurse practitioner is now working at Meeting Street Elementary @Brentwood in North Charleston through a clinic partnership with MUSC Children’s Health, according to a news release.

The nurse practitioner will be able to diagnose conditions, order X-rays and lab work, and write prescriptions. There will also be a pediatrician on campus once a week to see patients, the news release said.

“We are so excited to partner with MUSC to bring these resources to our community and know that they will provide top notch medical care for our students,” school Principal Sarah Campbell said in the news release. “Having nurses and doctors in our building will help us fulfill our mission of having true wrap-around services for our students.”

MUSC President Dr. David Cole said the clinic is designed to keep students in school and their parents at work.

“I’d say there’s a critical need for innovation and doing things differently as we move forward, because we have what is often a broken system of health care,” Cole said in the news release. “Sometimes it’s in the communities that we want to serve the most that we do the poorest job.”

This is the first full-time school clinic that MUSC Children’s Health has created. However, physicians are already using telehealth in some schools. Using technology such as video cameras and diagnostic equipment, school nurses can communicate with specialists at MUSC Health to help diagnose and treat patients in more than a dozen schools in the Charleston area and 40 across the state, the news release said.

Reach Ashley Heffernan at 843-849-3144.

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