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Warner Wellness Center Opens

In partnership with Christiana Care Health System, the Red Clay Consolidated School District opened a new school based health center at Warner Elementary School in Wilmington.

The new site represents the 19 school based health center operated by Christiana Care, and the first elementary school based health center within the Red Clay Consolidated School District.

“The Wellness Center at Warner Elementary represents a true partnership between Christiana Care and the Red Clay Consolidated School District that creates health equity and directly contributes to our district’s mission and vision,” said Superintendent Merv Daugherty. “This ultimately prepares today’s children for tomorrow in reaching their health and academic potential. Indeed healthy students learn better.”

 Working with each student’s health care provider, parents and school nurse, health centers provide comprehensive medical and mental-health care, treatment and health education. Services offered at the health centers range from physical examinations and health screenings to immunizations to drug and alcohol abuse counseling to suicide prevention.

“Today, we’re moving from a health care system to a system that impacts health, and one of the innovative ways we deliver health is through our innovative partnerships with schools to care for students at our school based health centers,” said Janice Nevin, M.D., MPH, president and CEO of Christiana Care. “School based health centers help teens and young children overcome many obstacles to receiving good health care and, ultimately, enable students to stay healthy and focus on their education.”

While school based health centers adhere to federal regulations governing confidentiality of care, the centers do encourage students to involve their parents or guardians in their health plans.

“School based health care centers have the ability to  deliver outcomes that matter such as a reduction in absenteeism, an increase in test scores and improved graduation rates,” said Mandy Pennington, Red Clay’s lead nurse. “They provide health, emotional and behavioral care coordination that enhances disease management that allows an equal opportunity for students to learn and grow.”