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Crestview schools will offer Quickmed services next year

NEW WATERFORD — When a student develops a possible illness during the school day it can sometimes be difficult for parents to leave work, pick up the child and get them into the doctor’s office immediately.

Quickmed CEO Dr. Lena Esmail proposed to the Crestview Board of Education a plan to give the students the option of having an urgent care doctor or registered nurse available to provide assistance right on site.

Esmail said the company currently has such a program at the Youngstown City Schools, which does not have a single pediatrician available within the school district. The physician at the school is able to perform that strep test, close up lacerations and provide vaccinations for students who need them. The doctor notifies the parent with a phone call and gives the parent the right to refuse, but the option is there for the parent who cannot get off work, find transportation to the school or for the student between doctors at that time.

The cost is covered, either through insurance or a program for those students who have no insurance.

There are also options in place for parents and staff to see the doctor at the Youngstown City Schools before and after school.

While Crestview and other rural schools have a slightly different situation, Esmail said she has found a lot of the concerns are the same. The program aims to provide a quality medical service, help prevent illness from spreading and cut down on the amount of time a student misses school while waiting for an appointment. Additionally, her program offers the drug screens and physicals for athletes.

Additionally, the program would give students more on-site access to someone to assist them with mental health concerns.

The program would not replace the school nurses already at the school, but free them up from seeing sick students to help students learn even more about health issues and other activities.

Esmail said the program cannot lose money, but it is not about making lots of money either. It is a good way to introduce more parents and students to the Quickmed clinic in Columbiana and provide a good community service.

The school district would cover the cost of buying the supplies for the clinic, such as tests for basic illnesses, a table to see patients, a cabinet, cups for the drug screens and basic medicines. The cost would be between $25,000 and $30,000 and later during the meeting it was noted the cost of the set-up supplies could be covered with wellness funds, money set aside by the state of Ohio for wellness.

Following an executive session, the board returned to authorize Superintendent Matthew Manley to create an agreement with Quickmed to begin providing the services to the Crestview students beginning in the fall. During her presentation, Esmail said while the program is only currently in the Youngstown City Schools, there are additional agreements or discussions with as many as nine schools for next school year.

“After talking to the board, we believe it to be a strong asset to our students,” Manley said, adding in looking at the Youngstown City Schools participation, student attendance has improved since the Quickmed program began.

djohnson@mojonews.

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