Health center to be based in Richfield Springs Central School


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.

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