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Glenbrook School Health Center Opens

From Left to Right: Board of Education President Bruce Doughty, US Congresswoman Janet Schakowsky, Illinois State Senator Laura Fine, GSHC Nurse Practitioner Kara Rau, Superintendent Dr. Charles Johns, Associate Superintendent Dr. R.J. Gravel, Board of Education Vice-President Peter Glowacki, and Vice President of Pediatric Care for Advocate Children's Hospital Dr. Julie Holland cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the Glenbrook School Health Center located at Glenbrook South High School.

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Glenbrook School Health Center Opens

On January 13, 2023, Glenbrook High School District 225 celebrated the grand opening of the Glenbrook School Health Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

In partnership with Advocate Health, the Glenbrook School Health Center provides students and staff members access to quality medical care that supports their health and keeps them in school. The Glenbrook School Health Center complements the services the school nurse
offers to students who may need more complex care. Services are provided at no cost to
students and staff.

Vice President, Pediatric Operations, Advocate Children’s Hospital  Sara Jensen said the clinic is patterned after a 20-year-old highly successful similar partnership between Advocate Children’s Hospital and Maine Township School District 207 in Park Ridge.

“We expect similar outstanding outcomes in reducing student and staff time away from the classroom and other duties. After school hours, the emergency room team at Glenbrook Hospital, just across the street from the high school and the nearby Chicagoland Children's Health Alliance (CCHA) pediatric immediate care will provide additional support,” Jensen said.

 

United States Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was one of the many guests to attend the grand opening.

We know just how crucial accessible health care is for children and families, the Glenbrook School Health Center will provide students and staff with top-of-the-line medical care at no cost. All people, especially our children, deserve access to affordable, quality, and accessible health care. I am ecstatic that I was able to help secure funds and contribute to bettering the health in our community.

Congresswoman Janet Schakowsky

Through the support of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and State Senator Laura Fine, the school district was awarded a one-time grant of $250,000 for facilities and equipment expenses. The grant was sourced through Congress's 2021 Community Project Funding process and was approved as part of the Omnibus spending bill. Additionally, the school district received $ 1.09 million in unanticipated, unbudgeted reimbursements from FEMA for previously submitted COVID-19 expenses, which supplemented the one-time construction costs. 

State Senator Laura Fine addressed attendees and said, “I am proud of my community’s commitment to make health care resources more accessible, and for this center to be serving such an essential group in our community—its students and educators who are shaping the future of our country.”

Some of the services the Glenbrook School Health Center offers include school and athletic physical examinations, immunizations, individual counseling sessions with a social worker, diagnostic lab tests and more.
 

Laura Fine Standing at a podium speaking.

Illinois State Senator, Laura Fine, speaks during the Glenbrook School Health Center ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Superintendent Dr. Charles John said, "The opening of the Glenbrook School Health Center is a testament to the power of collaboration and perseverance. District 225 is grateful for the support from our federal and state legislators, who partnered with us to secure grant funding that enabled us to build the facility. Most importantly, our students and staff will now benefit from having the option to access prompt dependable medical care in a convenient location.”

Dr. Johns thanked the Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education for its continued efforts to support students and staff. He emphasized that this is illustrated through the board’s efforts to open Glenbrook School Health Center.

We in the Glenbrooks are never complacent. The Glenbrook School Health Center illustrates how we continuously seek to provide services and support for our students and staff that have a meaningful impact on learning.

Bruce Doughty, District 225 Board of Education President

The new facility is located at Glenbrook South High School. It operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students may schedule appointments before, during and after school. The center is staffed by Advocate Health, which maintains all records subject to medical facility privacy laws. All District 225 students under the age of 18 will need to have a parental consent form on file before being seen in the health center.

Students at Glenbrook North High School and Glenbrook Off Campus may request transportation when they schedule appointments. 

Members of the Glenbrook School Health Center Advisory Board were also in attendance. 

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