After much deliberation during a special-called meeting Thursday, the Bell County Board of Education contracted the Bell County Health Department over Family Health Care to provide nursing services at the six Bell County schools for the 2015-2016 school year.
“Many members of our community have worked diligently to resolve this issue,” said Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam. “We have met at the table and negotiated in good faith and there has not been one participant that hasn’t had the interest of the children at heart. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Fugate (Bell County Health Department) and Gina Good (Family Health Care) and everyone associated with these two entities; I thank you for your time and concern and your interest in the children.”
Last year Family Health Care had the contract.
The Bell County Health Department agreed to provide staff for a satellite site clinic at Bell’s six schools. The health department will now hire six new nurses. It will take some time to advertise, interview, hire and train these new school health nurses The training they will receive is only offered certain times of the year in Frankfort.
When fully staffed and trained, the Bell County Health Department nurses will provide the contracted services in totality.
The health department will provide equipment and maintain said equipment. The nurses will provide acute and chronic illness screenings, as well as acute and chronic treatments as prescribed by the primary care provider. Vision, and hearing screenings, will be conducted and lice screenings on an individual basis within the clinic setting and at the discretion of the health department will be provided.
The health department will be responsible for direct supervision of the health department nursing staff assigned to any school. They agree to provide the schools with 187 days of service in the year. They will also provide malpractice and liability insurance coverage for all the providers of contracted services.
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