Cleveland Clinic Children’s has a new School-Based Medical Clinic at Lakewood High School. The designated facility, which opened Jan. 23 and operates during school hours, provides health care services, including mental health services, to students and district employees who are enrolled in the school-based health program.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studies show that children who are healthy are best equipped to learn and excel in the classroom. The goal of the Medical Clinic is to ensure families stay healthy and have access to the right care when they need it most.
With a total of four patient exam and consulting rooms, the Medical Clinic will provide mental health evaluations, physicals, prescriptions, sick visits, vaccinations and Shared Medical Appointments (SMA), as well as help with managing chronic conditions (i.e. asthma and diabetes). The Lakewood High School facility’s onsite clinical team includes a certified nurse practitioner, behavioral health specialist, and pediatric psychiatrist.
The opening of the Medical Clinic is an extension of Cleveland Clinic Children’s School-Based Health Care program, which continues to meet the physical and mental healthcare needs of students and faculty in the communities it serves. Cleveland Clinic Children’s established the program in 2014 to increase access to general pediatric care to kids and teens in underserved neighborhoods throughout Northeast Ohio. That same year, the program’s Mobile Unit — a full-service pediatric office on wheels that provides comprehensive healthcare services to students — started providing care for Lakewood City Schools. This is the first in-school clinic for Cleveland Clinic Children’s School-Based Health Care program.