Parkersburg, WV – Ritchie Regional Health Center (RRHC) and Jefferson Elementary Center (JEC) announced a new partnership to provide comprehensive health services to students, families, and staff. This collaboration, facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley's Partner-In-Education Program, will make it easier for the school community to access vital healthcare resources.
"Ritchie Regional Health Center has been serving Jefferson Elementary School and the Parkersburg community since 2006 with a School-Based Health Center located on the Jefferson Elementary Campus. We are excited about this opportunity to strengthen our partnership with the students and staff. Our goal is to enhance the student's educational experience while providing care for their physical and emotional well-being," said Amy Yokum, CEO of Ritchie Regional Health Center.
"Jefferson Elementary is very fortunate to be partnered with Ritchie Regional Health Center. Having access to healthcare services on campus can greatly benefit students, families, and staff alike. Not only does it provide convenience and accessibility, but it also promotes overall wellness within the school community. Partnerships like these are essential for ensuring the well-being of everyone involved in the educational environment," said Tina Lowers, Principal of Jefferson Elementary Center.
About Ritchie Regional Health Center
Ritchie Regional Health Center is a community healthcare provider established in 1994. RRHC offers primary care services at eight Doddridge, Pleasants, Ritchie, and Wood County campuses, with six designated school-based health centers (SBHC).
About Jefferson Elementary Center
Jefferson Elementary Center serves students in the Parkersburg community, providing a supportive and enriching educational environment. The school's emphasis on student well-being aligns with its mission to prepare every student for success.
Signing Participants in Photo:
Standing (L-R) Rick Dobson, Asst. Principal, JEC; Cindy Oxender, Asst. Principal, JEC; Jeni Hopkins, Asst. Principal, JEC; Sandy Swisher, Chief Medical Officer/COO, RRHC; Wendy Cutright, CQO, RRHC, Jennifer Tallman, Nurse Practitioner; Seated (L-R) Christie Willis, Superintendent, Wood County Schools; Tina Lowers, Principal, JEC; Amy Yokum, CEO, RRHC; Jill Parsons, CEO, Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley
🚍 🍎👨⚕️ School-Based Health Center Awareness Month is the perfect time to spotlight our 6 school-based health centers (SBHCs)! We proudly serve schools in Doddridge, Ritchie, Pleasants, and Wood Counties, as well as the surrounding communities.
Why are SBHCs so awesome?! Here are a few of our top reasons:
🔐Accessibility: They bring healthcare directly to students, eliminating transportation barriers and making getting the care they need easier. Even though they are located on school grounds, they are open to the public.
✅Convenience: Appointments fit into busy school/work schedules, minimizing disruption to learning and allowing children to be seen without parents having to miss work.
💰Affordability: Like all RRHC locations, our SBHCs accept all insurance plans, including Medicaid, and offer services on a Sliding Fee Scale for uninsured or underinsured individuals, making healthcare accessible regardless of income or insurance status.
💯Holistic Care: Our SBHCs provide comprehensive care, including check-ups, immunizations, counseling, and dental services*.
📈Improved Outcomes: Studies show SBHCs lead to better health outcomes, including higher immunization rates, increased access to mental health care, and improved academic performance.
🤝Teamwork: SBHCs collaborate with schools, families, and communities to create a supportive environment for student health.
Locate a Ritchie Regional SBHC near you.
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*Dental services are only available in West Union, WV.
Did you know February is National Heart Health Month? It's a time to focus on one of the most vital organs in our bodies: our hearts! Whether you're at peak fitness or looking to make some healthy changes, this month is the perfect excuse to show your heart some love.
In this blog, we'll explore some fun and informative ways to celebrate Heart Health Month, from simple lifestyle tweaks to community events. So, grab your red attire (because February 2nd is National Wear Red Day!), and let's dive in!
Why is Heart Health Important?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women, claiming millions of lives each year. But the good news is that most heart disease is preventable through healthy lifestyle choices. By taking charge of your heart health, you're not just adding years to your life, you're adding life to your years!
Small Steps, Big Impact:
Making small changes in your daily routine can have a significant impact on your heart health. Here are some easy tips to get started:
Get Involved in Your Community:
Heart Health Month isn't just about personal choices. It's also about raising awareness and supporting organizations working to prevent and combat heart disease. Here are some ways to get involved:
Have additional questions about Heart Health? Contact us today!
Join Ritchie Regional Health Center and Westbrook Health Services for a day dedicated to harm reduction education and supply distribution.
The event will be held at RRHC Harrisville Campus. For questions 304-873-1401 ext. 207 or 304-643-2996 (ask for Hannah Wells).
Starting in 2021, the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awards the Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badges, recognizing Health Center Program awardees and look-alikes who have made notable achievements in the areas of access, quality, health equity, health information technology, social risk factors screening, and COVID-19 public health emergency response using Uniform Data System (UDS) data from the most recent reporting period.
Ritchie Regional Health Center was once again recognized for being a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) which is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care. PCMHs improve quality and the patient experience and increase staff satisfaction—while reducing health care costs. Practices that earn recognition have committed to continuous quality improvement and a patient-centered approach to care.
In addition to being acknowledged as a PCMH, Ritchie Regional was also awarded the Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality badge. The badge recognizes health centers that meet all criteria to optimize HIT services: Adopted an electronic health record (EHR) system; offer telehealth services; exchange clinical information electronically with key providers in healthcare settings; engage patients through health IT; and collect data on patient social risk factors. Embracing HIT services has allowed Ritchie Regional to provide safer care and faster diagnoses, and empower their patients by giving them access to their medical records online, schedule appointments, and connect with doctors through secure platforms.
Ritchie Regional was beyond proud to receive both badges and would like to thank HRSA as well as the communities they serve.
As we head into the colder months, we at Ritchie Regional Health Center want to remind you of the importance of protecting your health against both influenza (flu) and COVID-19. While we're all familiar with COVID-19 by now, the flu remains a serious health threat, especially for individuals at high risk like seniors, pregnant women, and those with chronic health conditions.
Why Get Vaccinated?
Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know
We encourage you to schedule an appointment for your flu and COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible. You can do this easily by:
By getting vaccinated, you're not just protecting yourself, you're playing a vital role in keeping our community healthy and strong. Let's make this year one of wellness and protection.
P.S. We understand you may have questions or concerns about the vaccines. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're happy to provide you with accurate and reliable information.
January ushers in a crisp new year, but it also holds a vital message for women's health: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. This month is a potent call to action for education, prevention, and early detection.
Cervical cancer, once a leading cause of female mortality, can be largely prevented thanks to two powerful tools: HPV vaccination and regular screening tests. Yet, disparities in access and knowledge remain, leaving many women vulnerable.
Taking the Reins:
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month is a springboard, not a finish line. Let's carry the momentum through the year by advocating for equitable access to vaccines and screenings, supporting research initiatives, and fostering open conversations. Remember, knowledge is power – the power to save lives.
Together, let's shine a light on cervical cancer, dismantle barriers, and empower every woman to take charge of her health. This January, and every month, let's strive towards a future where cervical cancer becomes a preventable disease, not a devastating reality.
Remember, even small actions can make a big difference. Let's join hands and turn teal and white into symbols of hope and resilience, a beacon guiding us towards a future free from cervical cancer.
Don't miss Cover WV Day next Tuesday, January 9, 2024! The West Virginia Primary Care Association, WV Navigator, and Community Health Centers across the state will be working together to assist you in receiving coverage from the Marketplace, Medicaid, or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Check out the flier and locations listed in the attached images and be sure to check out the additional resources below as well!
WV Navigator Cover WV Day website: https://buff.ly/3vjHdIv
WVPCA Cover WV Day website page: https://buff.ly/3TLFIN7
WV Navigator Cover WV Day video: https://buff.ly/4aJeD38
RRHC is proud to offer assistance in Ritchie County and Doddridge County!
RRHC Harrisville Campus
135 S. Penn Ave.
RRHC West Union Campus
190 Marie St.
West Union, WV
#coverwvday #HealthCoverageForAll #RRHC
RRHC Employee Holiday Party 2023 was one for the books!
Thank you to our guest speaker, Jason Young, for his powerful message about creative collaboration.
🎄Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the RRHC team 🎉