Staten Island, NY -- Enrollment packets were distributed to parents as the students and faculty of Staten Island’s Port Richmond High School planned for yesterday’s opening of the school-based Student Health and Wellness Center operated by North Shore Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). In a two-hour ceremony patterned after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Principal Tim Gannon proclaimed Port Richmond one of New York City’s first Community Schools, a strategy that organizes community resources around student success.
Declaring themselves community resource partners, Donna Proske, SIUH’s executive director, joined James Oddo, Staten Island borough president, elected and board of education officials in an on-stage signing ceremony in the school’s auditorium. Following a ribbon-cutting, the new Health and Wellness Center serviced by North Shore Staten Island University Hospital was unveiled along with the school’s new Student/Parent Fitness Center and Wagner College’s Raider Center.
The school’s 1588 students are eligible to take advantage of healthcare services that come with no cost to their parents as soon as signed parent-signed consent forms are returned to staff. All a student needs do is show up in room B-156 from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday and request care from a range of services that includes complete physical exams, medications and prescriptions, medical laboratory tests, immunizations, medical care for acute and chronic conditions, age-appropriate reproductive health care, mental health services, health education and counseling, and vision and hearing screening.
The school-based health center is supervised by Doctors April Lee and Edward McCabe, director and assistant director of SIUH’s Division of Adolescent Medicine. Care is provided by a team of nurse practitioners, social workers, medical assistants and ambulatory care clerks with back-up from SIUH’s Adolescent Medicine Division. It is the second school-based health center SIUH runs. The first at New Dorp High School opened in 1991.
Parents are invited for a visit to the center and to call 718-226-2455 for more information. Parent Coordinator Elaine DiAngelo (420-2103) is available to provide a tour.
About North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ 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 North Shore-LIJ CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 17 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with over 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of about 48,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.
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