Donors celebrate new school health center

​Staff Report

Rockford Public Schools and Crusader Community Health are celebrating the opening of a new school-based health center with two upcoming events.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and donor appreciation reception for Crusader Community Health – Auburn Campus: A School-Based Health Center will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the center. Media are welcome to cover this invite-only event. A construction tour for the community to see all the upgrades at Auburn High School (such as the field house, health center, Academy offices, updated library and new cafeteria addition) will be from 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, to coincide with the school’s Homecoming.

The health center, 1002 Pierpont Ave., is a fully staffed, professional health and dental care facility located within Auburn High School. The 3,780-square-foot facility has four medical exam rooms, three dental exam rooms and a separate room for optical exams. The office will offer medical, dental, vision and behavioral health care, in addition to nutritional and wellness education. It opens Monday, Sept. 29, to students.

The Rockford School Board approved a master agreement with Crusader Community Health in April 2013 to develop plans for the health center at the Auburn High School expansion. It is a combined project of Rockford Public Schools, Crusader Community Health, Rosecrance Health Network, Edgebrook Primary Eye Care and Swedish American Health System.

The center targets students at Auburn High School, Kennedy Middle School, McIntosh Elementary School, Dennis Early Childhood Center and Wilson ASPIRE. The goal is to treat students where they are, and remove barriers that may exist in getting students proper health care. The center will help students improve their overall health and wellness through screenings and disease prevention. Services will be provided to students Monday through Friday.

Project funding comes from various sources, including grants from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Woodward Charitable Trust, Rockford Health Council, Illinois State Board of Education, Rockford Lions, ​Rosecrance Health Network, Illinois Children’s Health Care Foundation, and others.

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