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CoxHealth Introduces Telemedicine at Cassville R-4

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59aee6bb53a1aCassville Primary Student, Molly Cox, pictured utilizing the CoxHealth Telemedince service with the assistance from Nurse Weldy.
Left to right: LaDon Vanzant, Cassville R-IV Registered Nurse, Susan Weldy and Bobbi Blankenship. Both Weldy and Blankenship are registered nurses and are currently serving as support staff for the CoxHealth Telemedicine service at Cassville R-IV.
Cassville Primary Student, Molly Cox, pictured utilizing the CoxHealth Telemedince service with the assistance from Nurse Weldy.

Whether it’s because of time or finances, sometimes it’s a challenge for parents to connect ill children with proper healthcare. That’s why, thanks to a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health, CoxHealth is bringing health care at no cost to students.

Now, sick kids can be seen right at school via telemedicine for acute ailments such as sore throats, earaches, pink eye, strep, chronic coughs, rashes and the flu.

Over a three-year period, CoxHealth will place mobile telehealth carts in six elementary schools – Cassville, Forsyth, Monett, Mountain Grove, Ozark and Reeds Spring – across six counties in order to connect children with providers via telemedicine.

The providers include nurse practitioners aboard the CARE Mobile, a mobile pediatric clinic, sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Parents will be able to participate in the visit either in person, or by phone or video using a smartphone (or other video-enabled device) without having to leave work or home. 

If a diagnosis is made, prescriptions will be sent to each family’s preferred pharmacy. CoxHealth has plans to partner with other agencies to provide financial support for medications for those that need it.  

Students can be seen either by a referral from their school nurse, or by a parent/guardian calling in and requesting an appointment.  The office hours for telemedicine are 7:30am-3:30 pm Monday-Friday.  

We have been able to get students in very quickly with little to no wait time.  Most appointments are taking 15-20 minutes to complete!   Parents must have a permission slip on file for their student to be treated. 

Please contact Bobbi Blankenship or Susan Weldy at 417-847-2445 to answer any questions you may have.

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