Written by our Annual Conference Partner Meridian Health Services
In the past couple of years Meridian Health Services has been innovating ways for the community to access nursing, behavioral and physical health care by partnering with community schools to embed clinics in a place that feels safe and is accessible and convenient to families.
This initiative began when Meridian and Muncie Community Schools created the first Meridian School Clinic inside of Southside Middle School, where much of the care is offered at a low cost (sliding scale) or even free for many families. “This is an incredible model where you actually have a health clinic that provides integrated services and addresses the whole health of an individual, not just their physical health but their mental health and social well-being,” Lt Gov. Suzanne Crouch said following a tour of the facility. Primary care services include health and prevention screening, pediatric care, illness visits, immunizations, sports physicals, first aid, dental screening, nutrition management and chronic health condition management. This clinic also offer crisis interventions, various therapy sessions, suicide prevention, ADHD and autism diagnosis and treatment, psychiatric consultation, addiction prevention and services and psycho-social assessment. Many of these services are available through the use of state of the art telehealth carts. The Amwell cart is a computer on wheels, with a camera that has a handheld device with several attachments. After the typical patient intake is complete, the provider calls the machine while the nurse is in the exam room with the patient. The medical provider can then with the help of the cart, the nurse and the different attachments, conduct a thorough medical examination. Meridian Health Services is expanding our innovative clinics sites, and is currently looking to partner with IDD providers. We would be happy to discuss with you and your organization the possibilities of a new collaboration.