Who We Are Advisory Committee

Who We Are
Weirton Elementary Health Center is a
division of CHANGE, Inc.’s Family Medical
Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center.
It is made possible through a partnership
between Hancock County Board of
Education and CHANGE, Inc. and is a stateof-the-art, school-based health center that
provides primary care, dental screenings,
and mental health care to students Pre-K
through 4th grade.
Weirton Elementary Health
Center is the first school-based
health center in the region, and
is located within the largest
elementary school in the northern
panhandle of West Virginia.
What is a SBHC?
School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are
health clinics that bring preventive and
immediate care, as well as counseling,
health education and sometimes dental
care, to children and adolescents at school.
Services provided are determined by the
need of the students.
In West Virginia (WV), most SBHCs are
satellite clinics of community health
centers. WV SBHCs follow a set of
standards for care, including parental
consent for enrollment and treatment.
Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee is comprised of
local and experienced community agency
representatives, medical professionals,
and educational mentors.
Dr. Kelli Fournier
Family Practitioner
Family Medical Care CHC
Frank Carey
Weirton Elementary
Andrea Dulaney
Assistant Principal
Weirton Elementary
Debbie DeCaria
Registered Nurse
Weirton Elementary
School-Based Health Center
Uniting Health and Education
for a Successful Future!
John Kirlangitis
Physical Therapist
Mainstream Physical Therapy
Mary Ann Petrelle
Hancock County Board Office
3428 Pennsylvania Avenue
Weirton, WV 26062
(304) 797-5299
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
During School Hours
Services Provided
Medical Staff
Weirton Elementary Health Center
provides students of the school the
following services:
How can I enroll my child in the SBHC?
Primary Care
Well-Child Visits
Treatment of Illness or Injury
Prescription Medications
Health Education & Counseling
Fitness & Nutrition Education
Shanna Earley, PA-C
Medical Provider
Dental Health
• Oral Screenings
• Education & Preventative Care
Mental Health
Anger Management
Crisis Intervention
Childhood Behavior & Academic
Family Conflict
Grief Counseling
Medication Management
Sleep Problems
Substance Abuse
Cost of Care
School-based health centers are funded
through third-party insurance companies,
Medicaid, grants, and public funds.
No student will be denied services due
to the inability to pay; however, our
funds only cover a portion of the cost.
By providing your insurance coverage
information, it allows us to bill your
insurance and reduce the need for public
funding so we can provide our services to
as many students as possible.
If a family doesn’t have health insurance
or doesn’t provide insurance information,
they can be assessed to see if they qualify
for the Discount Scale for discounted
health services.
At the beginning of the school year, Parental
Consent forms will be sent home with your child.
The consent form provides information about the
student, such as health conditions, medications,
information and the student’s medical home.
Parents should complete the consent form at that
time and return it to the school. Your child then has
access to receive services at the SBHC.
What if the student already has a doctor?
If a student already has a Primary Care Provider
(PCP), then the SBHC staff will supplement the care
that he or she provides. If necessary, the SBHC staff
will communicate with your child’s PCP to make
sure that your child receives the best care possible
both in and out of school.
If your child does not have a Primary Care Provider,
Weirton Elementary Health Center or Family
Medical Care can be their medical home.
What are the benefits of a SBHC?
Attends to unmet health care needs by
placing health care where the students
and faculty are when they need it, allowing
health problems to be identified and
addressed early and managed more carefully.
Supports students by providing a safe
place to talk about sensitive issues
such as depression, family problems,
Supports the school environment by helping
children and faculty stay in school and by
identifying and addressing health problems
that may intervene in the learning and teaching