Keystone Health to open clinic in Pa. high school

Chambersburg, Pa.-based Keystone Health is opening a clinic at Chambersburg Area Senior High School Sept. 2, Public Opinion reports.

The Keystone Pediatrics Clinic will offer services for ailments such as earaches, sore throats, STDs and constipation, Keystone President and CEO Joanne Cochran told the Public Opinion. She also said she expects mental services to be in great demand when it opens, based on data from other school-based health clinics.

Parents will receive consent forms in the mail, according to the report. Once a parent gives permission, students are free to visit the clinic as needed. The school nurses office will remain open and act as a triage, Ms. Cochran told Public Opinion. A physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner, as well as a nurse mid-wife and a licensed clinical social worker will staff the clinic, according to the report.  

The providers at the school clinic will contact parents when their student seeks care, except in the case of pregnancy or STDs — then students get to choose if they'd like to keep the information private. If students choose, they can get free sexual health-related care from the school clinic and they are not required to notify parents, a level of privacy that is offered at all Keystone clinics, according to the report.

Ms. Cochran hopes to add immunizations and dental care to the clinic in the future, according to the report.


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