Officials celebrate opening of The Clinic at Gideon
Dr. William R. Hite, superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, was joined by City Council President Darrell Clarke, Mayor Jim Kenney and community members at Edward Gideon Elementary School for the grand opening of the Clinic at Gideon on May 17.
The clinic is designed to provide access to comprehensive primary, preventive care and behavioral health care. It will serve students enrolled in Gideon, Blaine, Kelley and Wright elementary schools. Care will be provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
“We want all of our students to attend school every day, on time, ready to learn. However, that is not possible if they are not healthy,” Hite said. “If students are battling a chronic health condition, feeling under the weather, or suffering from an acute illness or injury, they need to get appropriate care. We also highlight the commitment we are making to help support and improve our students’ physical, mental and behavioral health.”
Services provided will include: primary care, well-child checks, acute injury and illness treatment, chronic care management for conditions like asthma and diabetes, treatment for common concerns like acne, weight management and menstruation; mental and behavioral health care; and immunizations.
The clinic is staffed by a skilled team that includes a nurse practitioner, nurse, clinical social work coordinator, school behavioral consultant, case manager and family peer specialist.
“We’re proud that Gideon Elementary has provided expanded services and opportunities to students, families, and neighbors since becoming a Community School,” Kenney said. “The Clinic at Gideon means the school has yet another valuable resource that will benefit students at Gideon and from nearby schools as well. This health center is a shining example of what we can accomplish for children when we all work together.”
‘Read to Me’ storyteller event inspires kids
Dr. William R. Hite, superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, recently participated in the Read to Me Literacy Storyteller Event, which was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia at 25 schools and pre-K centers across the District.
The event included a speaking program at the Education Center at 440 N. Broad St., followed by participants traveling to area schools and reading to students. Hite read to students in a pre-K class at Haverford Center.
The goal of the program is to inspire students to read with their parents, caregivers and teachers throughout the school year. It is part of an annual, year-long initiative that helps support early childhood literacy by providing quality classroom book collections to Philadelphia’s pre-K and kindergarten students.