Health center to be based in Richfield Springs Central School

Tools

Story Updated: Apr 5, 2013

RICHFIELD SPRINGS, N.Y. (WKTV) - State funding will help establish a school-based health center inside the Richfield Springs School District.

It's a program that the superintendent has been trying to bring to the school since 2007 and this year, State Senator James Seward was able to secure $150,000 in this year's state budget to help start up the program.

It's a partnership with the Bassett Healthcare Network which will provide many services to the students at no out of pocket cost.

"We will provide primary healthcare to students who are enrolled in the school," said Dr. Chris Kjolhede, attending pediatrician, research scientist and director of the school-based health program for Bassett Medical Center. "So, we'll do such things as, we'll do their annual exams, if they like, we'll treat sprained ankles, sore throats and ears, we work with asthmatics and obese kids as well as ADHD for the, sort of, chronic illnesses. We also will have a mental health care provider who will see kids for mental health issues and ultimately we'd like to have a preventative dental program that would work with kids here."

The school is working to secure the rest of the funding, with some help from the folks at Bassett.

The new center should open up sometime in 2014.

Add a comment

Name:

Comment: 1000 Characters Left

NBC-WKTV News Channel 2 | Utica, NY News, Weather and Sports and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.

I have read and agree to the terms