New River Health Association will open its ninth school-based health site on the campus of Valley Elementary School and Valley High School and will start accepting patients at the beginning of the current school year.
Celi Van Dyke, director of school health at New River Health, said an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Aug. 21 at the new Valley School-Based Health Center at 59 Greyhound Lane in Smithers.
The community is welcome to attend the celebration and tour the facility.
The event will kick off at 1:30 p.m. with opening remarks by state Sen. Bill Laird, D-Fayette; Smithers Mayor Tom Skaggs, Travis Mollohan of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s office and Fayette County Schools Superintendent Keith Butcher.
New River Health CEO John Schultz will serve as master of ceremonies. The official ribbon-cutting will follow these opening remarks. New River Health staff will be on site until 5 p.m. to answer questions, give tours and hand out information. Light refreshments will be served.
“Offering health care to students in the schools helps keep students healthy and makes it easier for them to get care, especially in rural West Virginia where transportation can be an issue,” Van Dyke said.
New River Health is a federally qualified health center established in 1978. New River Health began offering basic health care for students in local schools in 1994. Since that time school-based health has evolved into offering comprehensive health care for students in 12 schools in Fayette, Nicholas and Raleigh counties.
Students who are registered to use New River Health’s school-based health sites can receive medical care, dental care, mental health care and health education services. All major insurances are accepted, and no student is denied care based on inability to pay.
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