Commentary

School clinic

Two of town’s leading employers team up for new venture

I f we were to say two of Rockdale’s three leading employers have recently teamed up to begin a new venture, it might leave some of us scratching our heads, saying “who?”

Luminant, of course, with its power plant and mines, is the leading employer in this community. But second and third? That would be the Rockdale ISD and our town’s growing health care community.

And they’ve combined to form a clinic inside the school district. It’s currently available for teachers and staff and within the next few weeks it will begin serving students. See page 1A.

(Parents must sign consent forms in order for any students to receive any services from the school clinic.)

It’s the “real deal.” There’s a clinic inside each of the RISD’s four campuses. Health care services provided by the school clinic will, in most cases, be the same as provided by Little River Health Care in its two local clinics. A nurse-practitioner is on hand at the schools.

Just like at LRHC, patients will have to provide health insurance information and will make co-payments.

The concept, presented by Dr. John M. Weed III at the school board’s April, 2013, meeting was a natural. Richards Memorial Hospital and its many services, are right across the street from Rockdale High School. They’re neighbors.

It’s an effort to make high quality health care available for a large, and precious, segment of the population. And all they have to do is walk down the hall of their school.—M.B.


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