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Why rural children are going to school – not the doctor’s office – for health care

CEDAR SPRINGS, MI – During a recent outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease, Cedar Springs students sought treatment at school, not an urgent care center or hospital.

And the unique arrangement that places the Cedar Springs School Health Center on campus is available to a wider breadth of the community than just the 3,500 students in the rural district.

The center, which opened in April 2015, can provide medical and/or behavioral health services for any youth ages 3 to 21, regardless of their ability to pay.

“We want to raise awareness so people know that we are here, we’re accessible, and capable of doing all the basic primary care a doctor’s office can,” said Kristina Paliwoda, a registered nurse and the center’s site manager.

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