OZONE PARK, NY -- Students at John Adams High School in Ozone Park now receive free health care through a new school-based health center funded and staffed by Cohen Children’s Medical Center and the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
North Shore-LIJ operates health centers at five other New York City school locations, in addition to the John Adams health center, where costs are underwritten by the health system. The health center provides more than 2,500 students at John Adams with access to nurse practitioners, social workers, a psychiatrist, pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention programs and vaccinations.
The full service medical center provides treatment for asthma, diabetes and mental health; full laboratory services; physicals for sports, working papers and college applications; and diet and exercise plans for students with weight management concerns, said Linda Carmine, MD, a pediatrician at Cohen Children’s and director of North Shore-LIJ’s school-based health program.
“So many children drop out of school due to mental health or medical problems that go untreated or unresolved,” Dr. Carmine said. “We are working to keep kids in school to minimize the number of days family members need to miss work to take their children for medical or mental health appointments, as well as limit the number of days kids are out of class.”
John Adams High School Principal Daniel Scanlon said the clinic is a tremendous asset for the students and their families. “School-based health centers are increasingly playing a huge role in providing health care access to youths here in the New York, as well as across the county,” Mr. Scanlon said. “The health center at John Adams provides vital services to hundreds of students who may otherwise go untreated for debilitating mental health and medical issues.”
Costs at the John Adams High School clinic not covered by Medicaid are funded by North Shore-LIJ. The clinic is open Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
North Shore-LIJ also staffs two clinics in the Rockaways; one at Franklin K. Lane High School, located just east of the Brooklyn-Queens border; and two on Staten Island.
About North Shore-LIJ Health System -- North Shore-LIJ is changing its name to Northwell Health in January 2016.
One of the nation's largest health systems, the health system delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. The health system cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. The health system’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 13,300 nurses and have affiliations with nearly 13,600 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, the health system is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com