Students in Vineland Public Schools will now have easier access to health care thanks to the district’s partnership with CompleteCare Health Network (CCHN) and the opening of a new health center inside the Vineland High School Tanner Building (VHS North). A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in front of the Tanner Building on Tuesday.
The ceremony kicked off with a welcome from Emily Paul, Vice President of Communications and Development for CCHS. She was followed by President and CEO of CCHN, J. Curtis Edwards, who emphasized CompleteCare’s excitement in partnering with the school district and the ability to offer students affordable, accessible, and high quality health care.
Following Edwards was Dr. Azizeh Salloum, Chief Medical Officer of CCHN. She explained the health center in more detail, as well as introduced VHS graduate and CompleteCare nurse practitioner Martha Alvarez, who will be running the health center. Speaking on behalf of the school district was Assistant Superintendent Nathan Frey, who noted that the accessibility of the health center will ultimately allow the students to have a better learning experience.
“When students don’t have access to health care, their education suffers,” he said. “That’s one of the key components to this partnership.”
VHS Principal Suzette DeMarchi rounded out the ceremony, also expressing excitement at VHS hosting the facility and the benefits it will provide the students.
“Collaboration will not only benefit the students right here at VHS, but the entire school district,” DeMarchi said. “Our students must feel healthy and safe in order for learning to occur. The services that CompleteCare offer will benefit the whole child and we are beyond grateful to welcome them to the vhs campus.”
Also in attendance were Board of Education members Cedric Holmes and Meghan Spinelli.
The health center, the fifth school-based facility in Cumberland County, consists of three exam rooms and will offer primary care, wellness and sick visits, sports physicals, and much more. The center will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. While the facility will initially only be open to students, the goal is to eventually welcome staff members to use their services, as well.
Students will also have a hand in naming the Health Center, currently called CompleteCare at Vineland High School. Students throughout the district can complete the form linked below with their name idea and mail it to CompleteCare Health Network, 53 S. Laurel Street, 2nd Floor, Bridgeton, NJ 08302. Attn: Curtis Edwards.
Also linked below is the welcome packet from CompleteCare containing more information regarding their services and forms for parents and guardians to fill out for their children. For any questions regarding the forms or for more information, please call 856-794-6922. Hard copies of both forms will also be available.
Naming Submission Form: https://bit.ly/3nrxpD5
Health Care Form Packet: https://bit.ly/38wwCMC
Please click the following link for a gallery of photos from the ribbon cutting ceremony: https://bit.ly/36uae43