Ritenour Community Celebrates Opening Husky Health Center
The Ritenour School District community, along with officials from CareSTL Health, celebrated the grand opening of the Husky Health Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Feb. 21.
The Husky Health Center, located in the north wing of Hoech Middle School, 3312 Ashby Road, officially opened Jan. 28 to serve the pediatric medical and behavioral health needs of enrolled Ritenour students in grades PreK-12, regardless of their ability to pay.
Both St. Louis County and the Missouri Senate proclaimed Feb. 21, 2019 as Husky Health Center Day to commemorate the opening of the center and its impact on the students and the community.
CareSTL Health provides services for Ritenour students during the school day Mondays through Fridays. Ritenour provides students free transportation from their schools to the health center.
Ritenour Superintendent Dr. Chris Kilbride said the opening of the Husky Health Center will directly impact student learning.
“Opening a school-based health center for our students makes it more convenient for them to receive the high quality care they need to manage chronic conditions and improve their health, which ultimately optimizes their learning potential,” said Kilbride.
More than 2,900 Ritenour students have chronic health conditions. According to the Missouri Health Index, the three zip codes that encompass Ritenour are among the most unhealthy in Missouri. This includes the most cases of chronic illnesses, including asthma and diabetes.
The Husky Health Center functions much like a traditional health center or urgent care, offering pediatric medical and behavioral health. Parents must complete a consent form for their child to be seen at the center. Parents, school nurses, counselors, social workers or teachers can refer a student to the center by completing a referral form.
The Husky Health Center provides services that include chronic disease management for asthma and diabetes, wellness exams, immunizations, annual and sports physicals, nutrition guidance and referrals for other medical services. The Husky Health Center does not replace a primary care physician/pediatrician, but instead supports the care that the student already receives from his/her personal doctor.
Parents or guardians are welcome to attend appointments with their child, but it is not required. Parents also can take their child to the center during walk-in hours 7:30-9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays on school days. The center is not open when the district is closed for holidays, inclement weather or when school is not in session during winter, spring or summer breaks.
CareSTL will seek payment for services from the patient’s medical insurance payer source. However, no patient will be turned away because of an inability to pay. There is no collection of fees when students are at the center for their appointments.
To learn more about the Husky Health Center, click here.