The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and St.
Joseph’s/Candler are creating an innovative health screening clinic that will
provide free services for the public and real-world experience for students.
The Community Education and Health Screening Clinic at
Beach High School will be staffed by Allied Health Medical Specialty students
and give free health screenings to community members. The students, in turn,
get experience working with and serving actual patients.
“This new program is exciting on so many levels. It
fits in perfectly with our vision that all students are prepared for productive
futures. This component of our Allied Health Program also
allows us to fulfill a commitment we made upon the construction of this new
school to the surrounding neighborhoods and to the A.E. Beach High School
alumni. We are part of this community! Our goal is to lead students
to their full potential through excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and
service to the community. These clinical services will help us reach this
goal and build a stronger community,” said Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett.
“It’s our responsibility to train the next generation and
at the same time inspire them to excel,” said Paul P. Hinchey, President &
CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler. “We want to spark their interest in healthcare so
they become registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists,
clinical dietitians, physicians or any of the numerous disciplines that the
field of healthcare has to offer. We want to inspire their love of medicine and
healthcare with the same passion that Alfred E. Beach had for science in
The purpose of the program will:
Provide practical hands-on education and
supervised training opportunity for future healthcare professionals
Provide a convenient healthcare access point
and health screening outlet to the community in and around Beach High School as
well as target the community’s uninsured and underinsured residents.
Provide follow-up lab results, counseling and
health education to participants
Help identify personal health risks and history
that may place individuals at risk for the development of chronic disease and
associated complications. Educate them on how to reduce those risks.
Assist participants in accessing follow-up for
Enhance active curriculum of the area’s magnet
school for healthcare related studies, while advancing St. Joseph’s/Candler’s
current health training partnership.
The clinic will be open in January and be available 20
hours a week for patients. Along with the students, it will be staffed by a St.
Joseph’s/Candler nurse practitioner.
The nurse practitioner will supervise and assist all
students in improving both their hard and soft skill-sets, such as lab draws,
communicating results to patients and health education. The students, under the
supervision of the NP will draw the labs, and complete the follow-up education
regarding all participants’ personal risk factors
The comprehensive health screenings will include the
This clinic will be open to area residents in addition to
students, staff and Alumnae. The screenings will be free to those who lack
insurance. All participants who receive screenings
will be required to attend an onsite counseling session.
St. Joseph’s/Candler and the school system have a long
history of working together to give students experience in a healthcare
setting. Most recently, the Patient Care Technician Apprentice Program was
launched last year where students from Beach High School and Woodville-Tompkins
High School work at least 20 hours a week providing bedside care for St.
Healthcare needs will continue to grow in the coming years
and getting students prepared for the high-paying healthcare workforce is a
high priority. These programs between the St. Joseph’s/Candler and the school
will be important to make sure the community is well served in the future.
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