CoxHealth Partners With Branson School District To Offer Virtual Care Visits For Students And Staff
BRANSON, Mo. (KY3) – CoxHealth has partnered with Branson Schools to provide virtual care for students and staff.
Branson Schools executive director of operations Chip Arnette says all students need to do is go to the nurses office where they will be put in contact with a health care provider.
“We can bring the parents to our side virtually so that they can also be there for the visit,” said Chip Arnette.
CoxHealth Virtual Visiting Manager Tabitha Ferwalt said one of the benefits of the virtual clinic is that parents won’t have to leave work to take their child to the doctor.
“We can text or e-mail mum and dad a link to the visit and, at the time of the visit, they join practically from their office, their break room or their car,” he said. said Tabitha Ferwalt.
Ferwalt says they never want to send a child away because they don’t have insurance or can’t afford the co-payment.
“We’ve partnered up with the Children’s Miracle Network and they cover the cost of these visits for us, so the kids can always get care,” Ferwalt said.
The Branson School District has also chosen to cover the cost of visiting staff and their dependents.
“Staff can visit during their plan period, before school, after school and receive that care they might need only a 20 or 30 minute visit and they don’t have to use a whole school day to leave to get this completed, ”Ferwalt said.
Arnette says that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the impact that virtual outlets can have.
“People are more comfortable jumping into something virtual now than they were probably two years ago, so I think it might become more the norm,” Arnette said.
CoxHealth is in the process of hiring practical nurses for Branson High School and the Cedar Ridge campus.
“We hope this will be done by the end of November,” Ferwalt said.
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