Palmetto Health partners with MUSC Health, Sumter School District and the SC Telehealth Alliance to expand school-based telehealth in Sumter County schools

Palmetto Health is joining MUSC Health, Sumter School District and the SC Telehealth Alliance to offer education and clinical telehealth services to Sumter County students in select schools.

To kick-off the partnership, there is a kick off demonstration and press conference, 2:30–3:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, at Manchester Elementary School, 220 W. Clark St., Pinewood, SC. During the event, the partnership will demonstration equipment and a family will talk about how school-based telehealth has already benefited their family. The community is invited.

The clinical service will be available for six elementary schools in the Sumter School District. Students with non-emergency health needs will be instantly connected to a Palmetto Health or MUSC Health nurse practitioner or pediatrician and have prescriptions sent to the pharmacy of choice following the visit.

“Palmetto Health is committed to helping improve the lives of our children and communities beyond our hospital walls,” said Chief Community Health Services Officer Vince Ford. “This partnership extends our reach to more communities through remote access to health care education. It starts early. Healthy children create healthier communities.”

The clinical telehealth program is aimed toward:

· Helping students feel better quickly

· Reducing missed time from school

· Reducing parents’ missed work days

· Eliminating transportation barriers to health care

· Reducing unnecessary emergency room visits

This service does not replace the student’s primary care provider. To participate in the program, parents/guardians are required to complete enrollment forms. Parents/guardians will be contacted before any telehealth visit occurs with participating students.

Palmetto Health’s telehealth program also includes after-school education for the participating schools. Students are able to engage in interactive sessions that teach them about healthy eating, meal planning and making healthy relationships with family and friends.

For more information about Palmetto Health, visit PalmettoHealth.org.

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About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region and one of the state’s largest employers, comprises more than 14,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The 1,439-bed system includes six acute-care hospitals in the Midlands – Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey. In the South Carolina Upstate region, Palmetto Health also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital with Greenville Health System. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, the system also includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 500 providers serving patients in nearly 100 practices and more than 100 locations. Palmetto Health also is supported by two 501 (c)(3) foundations, and trains the next generation of physicians through its 26 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org or call 803-296-CARE (2273).

About Sumter School District

Sumter School District enrolls more than 16,500 students in grades preschool through 12 and employs over 3,000 staff members. The district infuses 21st Century teaching by emphasizing Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology (STEM), the use of digital libraries, and the implementation of cutting edge technology. We encompass 14 elementary schools, six middle schools, three high schools, a k-8 college preparatory academy, one alternative learning program, an adult education program, the Sumter Career and Technology Center, and the Early Childhood Center. All of the district’s schools are accredited by AdvancED and by the State Department of Education. For more information, visit www.sumterschools.net.

About MUSC Health

MUSC Health is the clinical enterprise of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and is comprised of a 700-bed medical center, the MUSC College of Medicine and the physician’s practice plan. It serves patients across South Carolina and beyond through four hospital facilities in Charleston and more than 100 outreach sites. Among these are the Hollings Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated center in the state, and a nationally recognized Children’s Hospital. The Medical University was founded in 1824 and has become a premier academic health sciences center at the forefront of the latest advances in medicine, with world-class physicians, scientists and groundbreaking research and technology that is often the first of its kind in the world. Visit www.muschealth.org for more information.