Atrium Health is a non-profit health organization that delivers optimal healthcare outcomes through extensive research, educational services, and individual patient care. Situated in Charlotte, North Carolina, Atrium Health collaborates with 70,000 people across nearly 1,500 locations including forty hospitals. The company places emphasis on mitigating the costs of uninsured individuals that require care, conducting vital research that benefits the community, and subsidizing Medicaid and Medicare wherever possible.
Atrium Health has recently announced plans to launch telehealth services catered towards students attending school in The United States. The program titled ‘Meaningful Medicine’, has been established thanks to a ten-million-dollar donation from Bank of America. The launch of the program will see remote healthcare services provided to students in twenty elementary schools in the Charlotte area. Additionally, ten middle and high schools will receive telehealth services. The care provided to middle and high schools will be telemental health services, specializing in the mental health of individuals, while elementary school students will receive school-based primary care from Atrium Health. The program will be implemented in schools during the 2022-2023 academic year, and it is hoped that twenty additional schools will be incorporated in the telehealth service plans over the next three years. The program will be integrated with the nurses employed at each elementary school, who will oversee the process and manage any referrals advised within the remote appointments. In addition to the fifty schools provided with care, virtual care sites will be created and used in Central Piedmont Community College as well as several YMCA locations. The following will also be provided:
- Training for suicide prevention give nearly 1000 CMS students.
- Higher frequency and quality of workforce development resources for individuals who have graduated from CMS
- Extra general aid and resources for students and members of the community who are susceptible to health issues derived from a lack of stable housing, food and other basic social needs.
“By improving the wellbeing of our students across Charlotte, we are not only investing in their health, but in our collective future,” said Eugene A. Woods, president, and CEO of Atrium Health in a released statement. “These young girls and boys will be the future doctors and nurses that will serve the needs of our growing community in the decades to come – and Atrium Health is proud to help model for the nation how health systems, businesses, schools and public officials can work together to have a meaningful impact in historically underserved communities.”