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Telehealth Comes to Cleveland Academy

doctor looking in students throat

New Partnership with SRHS Puts a Virtual Doctor in the House at Cleveland

Thanks to the marvels of modern medicine, 21st century technology and the power of partnership – students at The Cleveland Academy of Leadership can now see a doctor without ever leaving school.

The pilot program between District 7 and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) is rooted in the growing use of telehealth. While more than 50 schools in the lower part of the state have adopted the innovative practice – the program at Cleveland will be one of the first of its kind in the Upstate.

 Dr. Marc Bingham, the Chief medical information officer and medical director of telehealth services for Spartanburg Regional, says the technology associated with the system will allow the school nurse at Cleveland to facilitate a virtual exam with a pediatrician located at the hospital. Simple procedures like checking for an ear infection, looking at a sore throat or listening to the lungs can all be accomplished with high-powered scopes provided to the school by Spartanburg Regional and the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance. In fact, Dr. Bingham says a wide range of illnesses can be can be treated through school-based telehealth, including: cold and flu, fever, strep throat, asthma, lice, pinkeye, rashes, ear infections and sprains.

 “The beauty of the program,” says Bingham, “is that children and their families won’t have to wait for a traditional appointment or spend time away from school going to the doctor’s office. And while parents won’t have to leave work, they can easily participate in their child’s care by calling into the school nurse’s office when their child is scheduled to “meet” the doctor. The telehealth program is a great way to provide easy access to quality health care and respond to the needs of our community.”

 Dr. Russell W. Booker, Superintendent of Spartanburg School District 7 says the innovative program speaks to the District’s mission to care for the whole child. “When we talk about the health and wellbeing of our children, we’re not just talking about their success in the classroom. It’s our job to inspire and equip our students to be the best they can be. When our children are healthy and well, when they’re engaged and excited about learning there’s nothing they can’t accomplish. This joint effort between District 7 and Spartanburg Regional is a plus for our families and it also compliments the economic development and sense of neighborhood that’s being developed through the Northside initiative.”