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School Health Center can now see younger kids


Students ages 5-21 are eligible 

By Judy Reed

A few weeks ago, The Post told readers about Cherry Health opening an office in Cedar Springs Public Schools, after receiving a grant to offer medical care and other services to students ages 10 to 21 and their younger siblings. The catch was that before they could see younger children, their older sibling had to be a patient, according to terms of the grant. Site manager and nurse Kristin Paliwoda called the Post last week to let us know that was no longer the case.

“We can now see children down to age 5 without them having an older sibling as a patient,” she explained.

Paliwoda said they had been petitioning the state about changing the requirement. She said it helped that all the students are on the same campus.

The Cedar Springs School Health Center is located in Red Hawk Elementary. They offer a pediatrician, registered nurse, counselor/social worker, and support staff. They do well-child checks, sports physicals, treat minor illnesses, rashes, vaccinations, and provide assistance with chronic health issues such as asthma, diabetes, etc. They can also do blood draws, urine testing, write prescriptions and phone them in, and make referrals for urgent care if needed.

Their onsite social worker offers individual counseling or family counseling, if that is appropriate.

They will bill a family’s insurance provider, and if they don’t have insurance, the grant will pay for the services. They also offer onsite Medicaid enrollment for the child and family.

Paliwoda said they would also offer vaccinations for kindergarteners in mid-August.

They are open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. year-round, including the summer months. They can be reached at 696-3470.

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