Health Linc Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Event for New Telehealth Program
Valparaiso, Indiana. – HealthLinc celebrates its newest site addition – the “Healthy Vikes” telehealth clinic on Wednesday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School located at 1600 Roosevelt Road, Valparaiso, Indiana.
The school-based telemedicine program is a partnership between HealthLinc, Valparaiso Community Schools, and MHS and focuses on keeping children healthier and reducing the number of absences due to illness.
Available to all Valparaiso Community School students and staff, the Healthy Vikes Clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. when school is in session.
It allows children to be seen by a healthcare provider before work or school and without needing an appointment. Registration and a parental consent form must be signed before services can be provided.
“We are proud to bring telehealth to Valparaiso Community Schools,” said Beth Wrobel, CEO of HealthLinc. “The advantages of getting an early diagnosis and immediate health care services can reduce classroom absences, which has been proven to positively impact learning.”
The services available through the “Healthy Vikes” clinic include, diagnoses and treatment for acute illness (strep throat, ear infections, rash, flu, and minor injuries), limited laboratory testing, and behavioral health services and referrals.
Using the Telemed ED, a clinical telemedicine system, a medical provider located at the HeathLinc clinic in Valparaiso and an on-site medical assistant employed by HealthLinc, students can be given a diagnosis, medicines prescribed (no medicines will be on-site at the school), and follow up visits scheduled, if needed. Parents can join the visit via phone conference, if desired. In addition, a written summary of the visit is given to the student to take home.
“We are so excited to partner with HealthLinc to bring our community and our staff this convenient and efficient health care service,” states Julie Lauck Associate Superintendent of Valparaiso Community Schools. “One of the best aspects of living and working in Valparaiso is the partnerships that are formed between the schools and our local businesses. We are honored to open the Healthy Vikes Clinic with our HealthLinc partner.”
“Our involvement with the telehealth clinic ties into the goals for our Adopt-a-School program, allowing MHS to collaborate with schools on initiatives and programs focused on overall health literacy and awareness,” said MHS President and CEO Kevin O’Toole. “This clinic will help improve access to care issues for Valparaiso students and help combat chronic absenteeism. Healthier kids make better students.”
Services will be billed through the student’s health insurance. If the student does not have insurance, services will be provided on a sliding-fee scale that is based on the household income. If the student is uninsured, HealthLinc can assist with trying to secure insurance through the marketplace or HIP 2.0.
For more information about the “Healthy Vikes” Clinic, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org