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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 09, 2011
Contact: Carolann Martines

Associate Writer

(516) 663-2234

cmartines@winthrop.org


WINTHROP AWARDED $115,000 GRANT IN SUPPORT OF ITS HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL HEALTH CENTER

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that Winthrop-University Hospital has been awarded a $115,000 grant to help fund its school-based health center at Hempstead High School, a New York State Department of Health funded project managed by Winthrop in collaboration with the Hempstead School District and Nassau County Health Department. Winthrop’s Hempstead High School Health Center is one of 278 school-based health center programs across the country to be awarded funding, made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

The two-year grant will enable Winthrop to institute Electronic Health Records at Hempstead High School, which will be linked to the Hospital’s Electronic Registry, as well as to purchase and refurbish healthcare equipment for use in caring for students at Hempstead High School.

Now in its fifteenth year, the Hempstead High School Health Center administered by Winthrop-University Hospital provides primary and urgent health care, counseling, and specialty referrals as needed. Open to all enrolled students at Hempstead High School and staffed by a physician, two Nurse Practitioners, and two social workers, the program serves the unique needs of approximately 1,500 students.

“We are most appreciative to the Department of Health and Human Services for this grant, which will enable us to streamline our services, thereby enhancing our ability to provide better and more efficient care to the students at Hempstead High School,” said Jane Swedler, MD, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Winthrop, and Medical and Program Director for the Hempstead High School Health Center.

“These new investments will help school-based health centers establish new sites or upgrade their current facilities to keep our children healthy,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “These new or improved sites will help ensure effective, efficient, and high-quality care.”

“We know that if kids aren't healthy then kids can't learn,” said HHS Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “These grants will make it a lot easier for working moms and dads to help get their children the health care they need and deserve. This unprecedented investment in school-based health care will bring communities closer together and help children succeed in the classroom.”

The Affordable Care Act appropriated a total of $200 million for 2010 through 2013 for the School-Based Health Center Capital Program to address capital needs in school-based health centers. The funds recently awarded are the first in the series of awards that will be made available to school-based health centers under the Affordable Care Act. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) oversees the program.

To learn more about the Hempstead High Health Center, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

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