ROGERSVILLE — The Rogersville City School Board of Education agreed Tuesday to contract with local pediatrician Dr. Chris Calendine to provide school-based health clinic services for the 2017-18 school year.
The BOE was presented with two health clinic provider proposals during Tuesday’s meeting.
School Director Rebecca Isaacs told the board, however, that the Rural Health Services Consortium had withdrawn its proposal to renew the contract as the RCS school clinic provider, leaving only Calendine’s Promise Medical Group in the running.
“We’re very excited about Dr. Calendine and his staff having a presence inside the city school,” Isaacs said. “The clinic is important to us because students are able to receive treatment here, they are able to stay in school, our staff is able to stay in school and it really bolsters our attendance.”
Under the agreement, Promise Medical Group will offer a a board certified medical provider on campus for a minimum of 20 hours per week, from 8 a.m. until noon Monday through Friday when school is in session.
During the hours when a provider is not on campus, students and staff will have access to Telemedicine consultations, with no more than a 5-10 minute wait time.
All patients seen in the clinic will also receive a phone number for 24/7 contact after hours if they have questions or concerns.
Minimum services provided under the contract include: well child and adult care; acute care and sick visits; immunizations; allergy shots; lab services; suturing, casting and injury evaluation; DOT physicals; behavioral health evaluation and treatment; and chronic disease management.
“We have an amazing group of providers,” Calendine told the BOE Tuesday. “I think the one with the least amount of experience taking care of kids in Hawkins County is eight or nine years, and two are graduates of Rogersville City School. The first place I ever stepped in from a medical standpoint in Hawkins County was a health fair at Rogersville City School back in 1993.
“We appreciate it, and this group is committed to not just providing a service of clinic care where they can go. ... They are committed to it becoming a clinic where it’s their preference to go.”
Isaacs noted that Calendine can move into RCS anytime because Rural Health had moved out Tuesday.