What’s a School Based Health Center?
Easy, a School Based Health Center is a local medical center/building with nurses with a high IQ in the field of care and medicine. They help injured students, provide things they might need, take care of a poor sick soul, they’re always there...good thing we have a health center of our own.
We have a health center?!
Cool right? Just near the back parking lot and weight room of our school building lies a small little house with a porch, and inside...nurses and mounds of love and care! This is the School Based Health Center that lives on campus, they open at 12:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and are always open from 8:30 on Wednesdays.
What do I have to do to get there from class and back to class?
Well, if you need tending to go to the School Based Health Center. Worried about your class? No problem, get a pass from the office and go to the health center then go back to class with a written pass from one of the kind women inside the center back to class! Always let the office know when you go so they can keep track of your whereabouts in case of an emergency.
The women who warm the health center are quite kind and sweet, they love good conversations and helping students or just anyone in need. They’re names are Denice, Stephanie, Heidi Oliver, and Carol Opheikens. These women are trained and professional when it comes to helping and caring for health.
Inside, there’s free water, a very warm and loving environment, soon to be much more thanks to the Youth Advisory Council, Brochures and Information based on health and questions, coloring pages, comfy waiting room, and relaxing background music.
What can they help?
These kind women can help anyone/anything. Heidi Oliver is the Mental Health Counselor who helps mentally, Carol Opheikens is the nurse practitioner who helps physically by giving physicals and taking care of people in need. Anything basically.
Do I need insurance? Is it expensive?
Well, if you have insurance and you head into the health center and your hurt (or other), your insurance will be billed. If you can’t afford the care they provided for you they won’t collect from you! You only need to pay small fees like $5.00 for a physical for sports. Kaiser Permanente patients...if you need urgent care that needs treated you can come to the center, but not much is allowed, you're still welcome to come talk to them. Need insurance? The center here can hook you up! There’s also no expensive/large bills/fees!
How can I decide my care plan(s)?
Under Oregon law, anyone under the age of 18 is considered a minor. A minors age determines whether they are able to access healthcare services independently or if parent/guardian consent is required. All the care is confidential for the minor’s privacy. A minor who is 14 years or older, may access outpatient mental health, drug or alcohol treatment, without parental consent. Minors 15 years or older are able to consent to medical and dental services without parental consent, including hospital care, medical, dental, optometric, and surgical diagnostic care...even treatment!
How many students pay the center a visit?
Not many, last year in 2016-2017 student’s were quick and eager to visit...this year not so much. Business is very slow now in the 2017-2018 school year.
“I really want this place to be successful, having more students come would be great”, -Carol Opheikens.
“Our main goal is to see patients during school seeking care they can’t receive any other time”. -Carol Opheikens.
Hotline information and other are provided at the health center. Go now!