GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – Beginning Jan. 4, 2021, students, staff and their respective families in Georgetown ISD will be able to access health care services through a district health and wellness center.
GISD partnered with Lone Star Circle of Care to open the center, which will operate in the building that houses Richarte High School and the Georgetown High School Annex at 2295 N. Austin Ave.
“We care about the physical and emotional health of our students and staff and know that barriers sometimes exist in accessing timely and affordable healthcare,” said Dr. Fred Brent, GISD superintendent. “This partnership will play a vital role in ensuring they have access to the healthcare resources and support they need to succeed in school and at work.”
The center will be staffed by a board-certified nurse practitioner, a behavioral health provider and staff who can see GISD community members at the center for preventive health visits or well-checks, sick visits, physicals, injuries, lab services, medical screenings and nutritional health education. A behavioral health provider will additionally serve the center, allowing students, faculty and their families access to behavioral health services.
“Lone Star Circle of Care is excited to partner with GISD and provide additional health care access to GISD’s students, staff and their families. This year has shown us how critical the relationship among families, schools and the community is, and Lone Star is proud to do its part to help strengthen the health and, in turn, the prosperity of the Georgetown ISD community,” said Jon Calvin, Lone Star Circle of Care chief executive officer.
The center accepts most insurance plans including Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP. For those without insurance, a sliding fee scale is available according to household size and income.
When health centers and schools partner, they create an opportunity to decrease fragmentation of care and improve access to important health services, reducing the impact of health disparities for the populations they serve. By helping to close these gaps, such partnerships have shown improved educational outcomes, health-related outcomes and access to and use of behavioral health services.
The district started to explore the idea of a district-based clinic in 2018. A survey of staff and families that year indicated strong interest in the concept which helped put the plan into action. The wellness center is accessible to any GISD student, any GISD staff member, and immediate family members of district students and staff. More information will be sent directly to families this week and is available on the district website: www.georgetownisd.org/healthcenter.
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Georgetown Independent School District serves students living in the fast-growing community of Georgetown, Texas, the county seat in Williamson County. Georgetown ISD serves nearly 12,000 students at 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools and two alternative campuses.
About Lone Star Circle of Care:
Founded in 2001 in Georgetown, Texas, LSCC is a federally-qualified community health center providing exceptional and accessible patient centered healthcare for its Texas neighbors. LSCC currently serves 95,000 unique patients annually, providing adults, seniors and children with primary care, women’s health and OB/GYN, psychiatry and behavioral health, general dentistry, optometry, convenient care, virtual visits, and pharmacy services. LSCC is a registered 501(c)3 Texas nonprofit corporation. For more information visit www.lonestarcares.org.