Bryan kids will have access to care in new health center
Bryan High School's new health center doesn't look like your average school nurse's office.
The 800-square-foot center's amenities include a waiting area, registration desk and two exam rooms.
“When you walk in, it really truly looks like a doctor's office,” said Jeanee Weiss, CEO of Building Healthy Futures.
The health center, scheduled to open Monday, will be the eighth school-based health center for Omaha Public Schools.
The center is funded by Building Healthy Futures, OPS and a federal grant. OneWorld Community Health Centers received the grant last fall.
Building Healthy Futures, a subsidiary of Building Bright Futures, is a nonprofit dedicated to improving education.
The health center will offer care for any student in the district and their siblings from birth to 19 years old.
The center will be open weekdays and offer pediatric care for acute and chronic illnesses. They will also do medical outreach such as vision screening.
“Pretty much anything you would go to your primary care provider for, we would do — physicals, earaches, sore throats, quite a range,” Weiss said.
The center will be staffed by OneWorld Community Health Centers, Weiss said. The center will have one full-time nurse. It will have a medical assistant, child psychiatrist and Medicaid outreach specialist available at certain times during the week.
Having students physically healthy is an important part of getting them to graduate, said Sarah Miller, assistant medical director for OneWorld Community Health Centers.
The health center addresses many barriers families face in regards to health care, Weiss said. Because it's located in the school, there are no transportation issues. The center also addresses language barriers by having staff that speaks English and Spanish.
The health center will provide services for students with insurance or Medicaid. If students are uninsured, staff will screen them for Medicaid eligibility and help them through the application process.
Students can pay on a sliding fee scale or work out payment options.
LaPlatte building may serve as Cornerstone's K-12 campus
Cornerstone Christian School intends to build a school for kindergartners through high school seniors in the near future. But while the search for a location in Bellevue or Papillion continues, a new intermediate home in LaPlatte is being considered for the middle and high school students.
Teri Lynn Schrag, administrator for Cornerstone, said the school is looking into leasing the former LaPlatte Elementary building from Springfield Platteview Community Schools.
Springfield Platteview closed the LaPlatte building in 2000. Peru State College leased the space for a while but moved out in October 2012.
Schrag said the location could serve as a transitional space while Cornerstone pursued a “complete, independent K-12 campus.”
Cornerstone has two campuses and 235 students. It began offering high school classes three years ago.
Brett Richards, Springfield Platteview's superintendent, said the building would need some upgrades.
“It's still being negotiated what needs to get done and who will pay for what,” Richards said.