DENVER (KDVR) – Denver Health and Denver Public Schools celebrated the opening of their new school health center at George Washington High School on Tuesday.
Donors were able to tour the new facility that has just opened.
The clinic provides primary care and mental health services to students at no cost to their families. Proponents say the location in the school limits the time parents have to miss work and limits the time children have to miss class.
Denver Health Pediatrics at Denver Public Schools operates 19 primary care clinics in school buildings, providing care to approximately 20% of DPS adolescents
“We support over 12,000 DPS students in this setting,” said Dr. Steve Federico, director of general pediatrics at Denver Health.
He said these clinics fill a huge gap for students who have difficulty accessing health care in other settings.
“We are your doctor’s office. We can see children when they are sick, do tests for strep throat, do COVID tests if we are concerned about COVID, prescribe basic medications, antibiotics, creams, inhalers for children who need it right here on site,” Federico said.
“It’s so nice and convenient to have him in school,” said Kelly Peterson, senior at GWHS.
Peterson said she used the clinic for multiple issues, including mental health services.
“I actually like going to school knowing I have support here to rely on,” Peterson said.
GWHS is one of the last high schools in Denver to have a clinic. It was supported by district funding as well as alumni and donor support.
Principal Dr Kristin Waters lobbied for a clinic at the school and said she was grateful to everyone who made it possible.
“We are very grateful,” Waters said.
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