When one of Middleburgh's students feels under the
weather, has a fever or needs a physical, he or she can be
checked out by a physician's assistant housed right in their
Middleburgh School-Based Health Center is a grant-funded
program made possible by Bassett Healthcare and offers health
care to all school-aged children enrolled in the Middleburgh
includes health services such as acute visits, immunizations,
preventative health and well child checks. We also provide
preventative dental services and mental health counseling.
There is a simple enrollment form that can be picked up at
the school or accessed through the Bassett SBHC website. Parents
are always welcome to be present during any or all visits.
All services done within the school are not billable outside
of insurance. The grant covers all co-pays, healthcare
deductibles and the uninsured so there will never be a bill from
our health center.
The program is not a replacement for your regular
provider and we communicate visits to your outside providers.
Since 2007, hundreds of elementary, middle school and high
school students have been seen at the school-based health
centers, which are part of the Bassett Health Care network.
is the only school district in Schoharie County that is part of
the network and provides this service to students and their
families. The district provides space at the elementary and
junior/senior high school for the centers; there is no other
cost to the school district.
For more information about the program,
check this link for Bassett Health Care, which is based in
Middleburgh's School-Based Health Centers
Middleburgh's School-Based Health Centers Students at the
elementary school and the junior/senior high school have access
to a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and medical care during the
school day. The office provides student physicals, chronic care
management, prescribes medications, provides immunizations and
routine health screenings and diagnoses infections and other
"If a child isn't feeling well, the parent can send the child to
school and not miss a day at work," said Hannah Pizza, Pediatric
Nurse Practitioner at the centers. "If it's an ear infection or
another ailment that isn't contagious, I can prescribe any
necessary medications and send the child back to class if they
feel well enough."
Parents must send in a note with the child or call us directly
in order to be seen during the day in the Health Center. She
also sees students that have already gone to the nurse's office
and may need additional care as well as regular appointments for
students with chronic issues like asthma or obesity.
There are no out-of-pocket costs for the Health Center services.
If a child's family has insurance or medicaid, those are billed;
if a family has no insurance, there is no cost for the office
visit. Costs of services outside of the Health Center, like
prescriptions, x-rays, MRIs or laboratory tests, must be paid
Dr. Chris Kjolhede from Bassett Health Care is in the office
about once a month.
"The real benefit of this program is that it provides care for
kids who may not get care otherwise," said Pizza.
The center opened at the elementary school in September 2007 and
at the middle school/high school in December 2007.
To contact the School-Based Health Center, call 827-3793.
Let's Go 5-2-1-0
School Based Health Center staff is very excited about a new
approach to student health beginning in the 2012-13 school year.
This healthy lifestyles program is called 5-2-1-0, and it
encourages a series of key health messages that will help staff,
students and parents alike to become aware of the importance of
a healthy lifestyle each and every day. Here’s what the numbers
5 or more fruits and vegetables a day
2 hours or less TV/computer screen time
1 hour or more of physical activity
0 sugary drinks (replace with more water and low-fat milk)