RiverStone Health – Orchard School Clinic


(Children playing) The Orchard School Clinic
opened in the spring of 2015. It was a collaboration between RiverStone
Health and District 2 in Billings. The two of them saw that there was a need
here and that this resource was needed, and along with our community partners, including
Billings Clinic, we were able to open this clinic here. And as a result, we are able to provide care
for a lot of the children here at Orchard that do utilize our clinic, as well as we
expanded our services last year to other schools within School District 2. Well I think that I’m lucky enough to be able
to work with the parents and the students as well as the teachers and the principal
and vice-principals, so I think just being able to all of us kind of work together to
be helpful to the kids is a really good thing. This school clinic provides everything a kid
needs help with. Any child that is going to school in School
District 2 as well as anyone in the family that lives in that house can utilize our services
here at this clinic. We heard about a little bit here and there
but I hadn’t really understood what it was much about as we struggled with getting her
into a doctor’s office for a couple of different appointments and they had mentioned “well I bet
they can get you in sooner here.” We use them for most everything these days. It’s really educating the whole child, which
our District is definitely about. So it’s been a benefit to our kids, it’s been
a benefit to our families too, just because they can get in the clinic just like they
could anyplace else. It’s right in the neighborhood, kids can go
right down there. Attendance matters and so it definitely helps
with that too, not having parents check kids out of school they go right the appointment,
right back to class and they’re maximizing their learning opportunity. Getting time off work to not only get her
to the appointment and back, but getting to the school, pick her up, take her to the clinic,
get her back to the school and settled back in, and get back to work. One thing that I love about my doctor being
here is that I don’t have to go anywhere and I can just come here when I need help from
my doctor. I know that this place will be safe and they’ll
be helpful. A lot of it is just preventative health. Get in there, get checked out, so that way
when you do get sick, hopefully it’s going to be less frequent, and it’s gonna be a little
less painful too. And so let’s be healthy together. If you have the pains in your teeth, or if you
haven’t had your flu shot yet, they can all help you with that and there’s nothing wrong
with it. They want you to be safe and healthy.

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