Stewart's Holiday Match Gift Helps Bassett's School-Based Health Program
| dr. chris kjolhede examines a patient at one of Bassett's school-based health centers.
Stewart's Holiday Match program recently awarded Bassett a generous grant to support Bassett's school-based health program. This program enables all children who attend public school in fifteen area school districts to receive health care.
Children who attend public school in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, or Schoharie Counties likely have used Bassett's school-based health program. It provides easy access to health care for students in grades pre-k through 12. Bassett now has 20 school-based health centers that provide primary medical care, dental care, and mental health care to children right where they go to school.
Supervised by Bassett's pediatric department, these school-based health centers provide annual physicals (as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatricians), immunizations (as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control), acute care (for fevers, sore throats, belly aches), chronic disease care (for conditions such as asthma, obesity, and ADHD), mental-health care (including treatment for depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention), oral health care (dental exams, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments), and health education.
Last year, more than 7,600 children made more than 33,000 visits to providers at their school-based health centers. For many of these children, this is the only health care they will receive all year.
The holiday match program is funded by donations from community members and matched by donations from Stewart's Shops. This year, Stewart's received a record number of funding requests. All of their holiday match money is given to programs that help local children.
If you would like to help Bassett's school-based health program, please call the Friends of Bassett at (607) 547-3928, or make a gift online. Thank you!