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Polk County Schools holds grand opening for Health Center

A new era for Polk County Schools began Monday with the grand opening of the Polk County Middle School School Based Health Center

Geoffrey Tennant, left, chairman of the Ann L. Turner & Geoffrey M. Tennant Foundation and Blue Ridge Health CEO Richard Hudspeth cut the ceremonial ribbon to mark the opening of the Polk County Middle School Based Health Center.

A new era for Polk County Schools began Monday with the grand opening of the Polk County Middle School School Based Health Center.

The center will be operated in conjunction with Blue Ridge Health and is located within PCMS.

School-based health centers are clinics that bring preventive and acute care, as well as counseling, health education and other services to children and adolescents at schools. Each community determines which services are provided based on students’ needs.

All BRH SBHCs are satellite practices of the organization and are fully licensed outpatient health facilities. They are staffed by BRH pediatric and adolescent health specialists, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, licensed clinical social workers (counselors) and a consulting medical director.

Polk County Schools Superintendent Aaron Greene addressed the group of county government officials, Board of Education members, district personnel and Blue Ridge Health personnel gathered for the grand opening.

Blue Ridge Health Chief Operating Officer Tammy Greenwell also spoke as did Geoffrey Tennant, chairman of the Ann L. Turner & Geoffrey M. Tennant Foundation, which helped provide funding for the establishment of the center.

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