September 9, 2016
By Mickey Powell
MARTINSVILLE – Telehealth clinics are to be established at two city schools as part of efforts to improve the health of students, especially those who have had trouble obtaining medical care.
The Martinsville Henry Coalition for Health and Wellness and the Karen S. Rheuban Center for Telehealth at the University of Virginia (UVa.) Health System plan to develop the clinics at Martinsville High School (MHS) and Albert Harris Elementary School with $70,000 from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
Plans are for the clinics to open in the next school year, after school employees can be trained to use telehealth equipment, said Beth Holyfield, health coordinator for the Martinsville City Public Schools and a nurse at the Teen Health Center that has operated at MHS for eight years.
Services received at the telehealth clinics will be free, Holyfield said.
The clinics will be in addition to medical facilities, like the Teen Health Center, already in city schools that treat minor ailments.
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