School Health Program
At Meritus Health, we believe that all children are entitled to quality
healthcare services and that good health helps support academic achievement.
The Meritus Health
School Health program serves the 22,000 students of Washington County Public School system in
27 elementary schools, eight middle schools and eight high schools. On
average, our healthcare providers see 500 to 700 students each month in
school health rooms.
Whether it's emergency care, management of acute and chronic health
conditions, preventive services, education or referrals, our school health
program is designed to promote the health of students, identify and prevent
health problems and injuries, and ensure appropriate care for students.
We treat the following acute and chronic health condition, as well as other
- Minor first aid care
- Health screenings (vision and hearing)
- Referrals for health conditions
- Administration of prescribed medications
- Diabetic emergencies
- Asthma attacks
- Allergic reactions (EpiPens)
School-Based Health Centers
As part of Meritus Health's School Health Program, students at both
Western Heights Middle School and South Hagerstown High School can visit
the doctor in school-based health centers now open on their campuses.
A provider will be available at both sites five days a week.
Staff at our health centers will offer students evaluation and treatment
for illnesses and injuries; health education; and provide referrals for
mental health, counseling and dental services.
Students do not need to have insurance to access the services at the school-based
health centers. Parents of students at the two schools will complete consent
forms in order to enroll their children in the school health program and
allow them to use the services offered at the health centers.
The school-based health centers are being funded by a State Department
of Education grant secured through the Washington County Office of Community
Grant Management in partnership with Meritus Health, Washington County
Public Schools and Washington County Government.