Palmetto Health Partners with MUSC Health, Sumter School District and the SC Telehealth Alliance to Expand School-based Telehealth in Sumter County Schools

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Palmetto Health is joining MUSC Health, Sumter School District and the SC Telehealth Alliance to offer education and clinical telehealth services to Sumter County students in select schools.

To kick-off the partnership, a demonstration and press conference will be held 2:30–3:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, at Manchester Elementary School, 220 W. Clark St., Pinewood, South Carolina.

During the event, the partnership will demonstrate equipment and a family will talk about how they have benefited from school-based telehealth. The community is invited.

The clinical service will be available for six elementary schools in the Sumter School District. Students with non-emergency health needs will be instantly connected to a Palmetto Health or MUSC Health nurse practitioner or pediatrician and have prescriptions sent to their pharmacy of choice following the visit.

“Palmetto Health is committed to helping improve the lives of our children and communities beyond our hospital walls,” said Chief Community Health Services Officer Vince Ford. “This partnership extends our reach to more communities through remote access to health care education. It starts early. Healthy children create healthier communities.”

The clinical telehealth program is aimed toward:

  • Helping students feel better quickly

  • Reducing missed time from school

  • Reducing parents’ missed work days

  • Eliminating transportation barriers to health care

  • Reducing unnecessary emergency room visits

This service does not replace the student’s primary care provider. To participate in the program, parents/guardians are required to complete enrollment forms. Parents/guardians will be contacted before any telehealth visit occurs with participating students.

Palmetto Health’s telehealth program also includes after-school education for the participating schools. Students are able to engage in interactive sessions that teach them about healthy eating, meal planning and making healthy relationships with family and friends.