Dobyns-Bennett High School registered nurse Melissa Caldwell, right, treats student Jenna Murphy, in a staged photo, while Holston Medical Group nurse practitioner Jenny Height looks in via a new telemedicine health. program computer link. Photo by David
KINGSPORT — Kingsport City Schools is piloting a new “telemedicine health service,” putting making it among the first school districts in Tennessee to utilize mobile telemedicine stations in school-based clinics.
”The telemedicine program will assist our students and families in maintaining good health and the ability to maximize learning in the classroom,” KCS Superintendent Lyle Ailshie said in a news release Monday.
The new service, which began this month, is made possible by a partnership between KCS and Holston Medical Group in which HMG is providing a full-time, certified pediatric nurse practitioner to serve within three pilot schools: Robinson Middle School, Sevier Middle School and Dobyns-Bennett High School.
Selected Sullivan County schools are to begin the program later, county school officials have said.
HMG has selected board certified pediatric nurse practitioner Jenny Height to serve as the school-based, telemedicine provider.
Most insurances will be accepted. For a full listing participating insurances and more information, go to www.k12k.com.
For an expanded version of this story, read the Tuesday’s Kingsport Times-News or the replica electronic edition.