YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A new way of looking at student care. The Youngstown City School District (YCSD) is partnering up with QUICKmed to offer medical clinics at two of its high schools.
“I noticed there was a big need for medical care. A lot of the parents have multiple jobs, a lot of the pediatricians are outside of city limits, so it’s hard for parents to have to call off work and have to take their kids to the doctor outside of city limits,” said Kenyetta Burr, YCSD’s supervisor of nursing.
School nurses within YCSD were seeing a high volume of students in need of medical care.
“Our school nurses were seeing on average 100 kids a day. They were coming in with ear infections, pink eye, respiratory infections, strep throat and the only thing our nurses could do within their scope of practice was call home and get them sent home and refer them to go to a pediatrician,” Burr said.
But access to a pediatrician can be difficult for families living within the city who might not have a car.
“We were finding our students were coming back the next day with the same issues,” Burr said.
This week, the district opened up two medical clinics, one is at East High School. It’s open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The other is at Chaney High School. It’s open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The clinics offer the same services as any urgent care facility, including COVID-19 testing.
“If someone is symptomatic with any COVID symptoms, they are to call first and then we will go out and do the testing outside so we don’t have to take a risk of bringing them in the building,” Burr said.
The clinic has been open for only two days and the staff says they are ready to take patients by appointment, just call 330-744-0221.
Students and faculty who want to make an appointment will need to bring their health insurance card, but any student who is uninsured can still go to the clinic for free.