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LSU BMC Receives $181,000 Grant for Middle and High School Health Centers

Bogalusa The LSU Bogalusa Medical Center (BMC), in Bogalusa, La., has received a $181,190 grant from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) for its two school-based health centers (SBHC). The grant will allow the Bogalusa Middle School and the Bogalusa High School SBHCs to purchase new equipment, update both health-center facilities and expand healthcare services to the student populations at both schools.

"The school-based health centers are of vital importance to our community," said Senator Ben Nevers. "LSU BMC does a great job keeping our kids healthy and ready to learn."

The two SBHCs treat approximately 900 students each year.

LSU BMC established the Bogalusa High School SBHC in August 1995 and, due to the need in the community, expanded services to Bogalusa Middle School in August 1997.

"The LSU school-based health centers are an integral component of the northshore healthcare system," said Representative Harold Ritchie. "Our children's health would be compromised without the services of the centers."

The SBHCs strive to keep children healthy and in school by providing comprehensive health exams, screenings and crisis counseling.

"The school-based health centers allow us to broaden our reach in the community," said Kurt Scott, LSU BMC hospital administrator. "Our presence in the schools makes healthcare immediately available to children when they need it."