Telehealth clinic opens at Bradie Shrum

Kate Wehlann

Tucker Clem, 4, was volunteered by his grandmother, Salem Board President Rebecca White, to help take part in the demonstration of the new telehealth system with school nurse Debbie Catlin.

Students at Bradie Shrum Elementary will soon be able to visit the doctor’s office from the comfort of the school nurse’s office.
The news that county schools would receive telehealth systems connecting them to St. Vincent Nurse Practitioner Lindsey Brough came more than a year ago and now, the schools are finally receiving the equipment. West Washington received their set of devices in December and now Bradie Shrum has theirs.

Dana Muntz, the St. Vincent Salem administrator, said she spoke with the three county school boards about 18 months ago to inform them of the opportunity to have telehealth systems for their students.
“This has been a long journey and we’re so excited to partner with the three schools — Salem, Pekin and West Washington — for the telehealth initiative and to get this up and going,” she said.
She said insurance is not required to use the system and no child will be turned away because of their family’s inability to pay for the service. Muntz added a rural health worker will come in and work with families without insurance on getting enrolled in programs for their children to receive coverage for heathcare needs.

See today's Salem Leader for a full story on the telehealth clinic.


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