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Superintendent Spring is honored by Hometown Health Center

Superintendent Spring is honored by Hometown Health Center
Posted on 06/16/2017
Photo of Supt. Spring after receiving the Hometown Health award on June 15 2017

Congratulations to Superintendent Larry Spring who was honored by Hometown Health Centers (HHC), at their 45th anniversary celebration held June 15 at Glen Sanders Mansion.  Spring was honored for spearheading the efforts that brought two school-based centers into Schenectady schools last fall.  Schenectady's school-based centers are the first in the county.  

Photo of Larry Spring after receiving the Hometown Health Center Award on June 15 2017

 

Dr. Greg Dewey, president of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Services, was also recognized as an Innovator Honoree.  Dewey led the initiative to locate a student-operated pharmacy in HHC's main health center in Schenectady.

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy posthumously recognized Roberts Watts for his dedication to bringing accessible healthcare to those in need.  Watts, who passed away in 2010, was the former president of the Carver Community Health Center board of directors and chief health planner for the New York State Department of Health.

"Since our founding in 1972 by Hendrik Rozendaal, M.D., HHC has made truly significant strides," said HHC CEO Joe Gambino.  "Today we proudly celebrate Hometown Health Centers as a state-of-the-art health center providing the highest quality primary care, comprehensive dental, OB/GYN, behavioral health services, tele-psychiatry, and vision care, as well as on-site lab services through our partner LabCorp, to 20,000 patients."

The school-based health centers located in Schenectady High School and Mont Pleasant Middle School provide a full range of health care services to students in each of those schools as well as to students in Hamilton Elementary School.  The centers are open whenever school is open.  

Having access to important health services in school helps students avoid missing school for health-related reasons.   School-based health centers reduce barriers that have historically prevented children from seeking the health services they need including accessibility, cost, transportation, concerns about confidentiality, and apprehension about discussing personal health problems.  

Since the SBHC is located on school property, students are able to receive health care services and return back to their classrooms.  Additionally, parents do not need to take time off of work to take children to the doctor.

Learn more about our Hometown Health School-Based Centers here.

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