WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL'S HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL HEALTH CENTER CELEBRATES GRAND REOPENNING
Members of the Winthrop community gathered with the Hempstead School District for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Hempstead High Health Center on November 5, 2013, to celebrate the completion of the Center’s renovations and grand reopening.
Left to right: Diane Petito, RN, CPNP, On Site Manager of the Hempstead High School Health Center; Ed Chewens, Assistant Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services at Winthrop; Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop; Jane Swedler, MD, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Winthrop, and Medical and Program Director for the Hempstead High School Health Center; Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau); Susan Johnson, Superintendent of Hempstead School District; Reginald Stroughn, Principal of Hempstead High School; and John F. Collins, President and CEO at Winthrop.
The renovations were made possible thanks to a $115,000 grant awarded to Winthrop by the United States Department of Health and Human Services in 2011. This funding enabled the Center to institute Electronic Health Records at the school and link them to the Hospital’s electronic registry. Additionally, the Center was able to purchase new healthcare equipment as well as refurbish their offices. These improvements enhance the Center’s ability to provide effective, efficient and high quality care to all 1,500 students at Hempstead High School.
“We are confident this upgraded facility will make a meaningful difference for the healthcare of our students, their families and the Hempstead community,” said Jane Swedler, MD, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Winthrop, and Medical and Program Director for the Hempstead High School Health Center.
Also in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony were Senator Kemp Hannon, representing New York’s 6th District; Susan Johnson, Superintendent of Hempstead School District; Reginald Stroughn, Principal of Hempstead High School; John F. Collins, Winthrop’s President and CEO; and Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop.
“Kids can’t learn if they’re not healthy,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “By upgrading the Health Center, Hempstead High School will continue to provide students with needed healthcare so they can succeed in the classroom, and will provide their parents with peace of mind. These renovations and link to Winthrop’s electronic health registry will provide better care more efficiently for those who use the Center.”
Now in its sixteenth year, the Hempstead High Health Center, originally established as a collaborative project between Winthrop, the Hempstead School District and the Nassau County Department of Health, 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, three nurse practitioners (two full-time and one part-time), two social workers and a medical secretary, the program serves the unique needs of the student population with nearly 5,000 visits per year. Most recently, the Center initiated a grant funded dental screening and sealant application program, and works with Winthrop’s newly established Center for Family Dental Medicine to provide dental care to students.
For more information about the Hempstead High Health Center, call 1-866-WINTHROP.
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