Local health clinic teaming up with the Bowling Green Independent schools

BOWLING GREEN Ky.- Graves Gilbert Clinic and the Bowling Green Independent schools are teaming up to provide healthcare inside the school district beginning in August when the students return to class. Superintendent of the Bowling Green Independent Schools, Gary Fields, said this has been needed for a long time.

“For our students, we have students who deal with a lot of significant health needs, and so we can provide excellent care for those students with Graves Gilbert’s assistance, but also, we have students who become sick over the course of the year and employees who become sick. So, we can address those needs immediately. This is just going to expand to really provide opportunities for our students to be healthy, which is the most important thing when they begin the school day,” Fields said.

The schools in the district will be staffed with health professionals, and a walk-in care center will be available on the campus of Bowling Green High School.

Graves Gilbert will also be providing school health services including delivery of medications, and on-site screenings for illnesses like flu and strep. Results will be available immediately, so students can quickly get back to learning.

“We’re here to serve the needs of our kids. We’re here to take care of their health needs, and that’s something the board of education takes very seriously,” Fields said.

To ensure that students are not only well educated, but also healthy, Fields said the partnership is the start of that accomplishment.

“Our responsibility is to provide wraparound services for all of our students, and I think this is the next step in that journey,” Fields said.