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School-Based Health Services

Akron Children’s Hospital school nursing staff and pediatric providers see kids and teens for private and confidential medical care in many schools.

With your permission, your child can receive treatment for minor illnesses like:

  • Cold and flu
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Allergy and sinus issues
  • Help managing asthma
  • Pink eye
  • Rashes and poison ivy
  • Respiratory infections

Some schools also offer in-person appointments for:

  • Annual well visits
  • Sports physicals
  • Vaccines


  • Convenient – you don't have to leave work or home for your child to receive medical care.
  • Fast – prescriptions, if needed, are called in to your preferred pharmacy
  • Informative – care plan and visit details are mailed to your home and are in MyChart (activation required)
  • Affordable – we care for any child in need. If you have private insurance or Medicaid, we bill for our services.

Sign up today!

Questions? Call 330-543-7242

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Our Doctors/Providers

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Teresa Fletcher, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Accepting New Patients


Rashelle Korbas, MSN, APRN-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Allison Lantz, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Amanda McAllen, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Accepting New Patients


Caroline Miller, APRN-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Stefanie Nusbaum, MSN, APRN-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner


Kristen O'Neal, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kristy Pandrea, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Rachel Patterson, MSN, APRN-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Meghan Stagg, APRN-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Melissa Tomei, APRN-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

FAQs for Parents & Guardians

Q: What is a school-based health center?
A: A school-based health center provides basic medical care for students at the school. Your child can be examined, diagnosed and treated in person or over virtual care technology (telehealth) by a nurse practitioner while at school.

Q: What is telehealth?
A: Telehealth is health care provided “virtually” by use of technology. In this school-based health center, your child will be in the school nurse’s office and visit the nurse practitioner through the computer or iPad. This is similar to FaceTime on an iPhone. Using a hand-held device, the nurse practitioner is able to do a full exam, including hearing heart and lung sounds and seeing in the ears, nose and throat.

Q: Will my child’s information and appointment be private?
A: Yes. The in-person and virtual (telehealth) appointments are held in a private room at the school on a private video connection. The people who will know what happened in the visit will be you, the nurse practitioner, the school nursing staff in your school building and your regular provider if you have one.

Q: How does this program work?
A: Students are evaluated by the Akron Children’s Hospital school nursing staff. With your consent, your child will be scheduled to see the nurse practitioner either in person or via telehealth during school hours for minor medical needs or wellness visits. If a prescription is needed, it will be sent to your local pharmacy. If you have a regular provider, a note will be sent to let them know your child was cared for and treated in the school-based health center.

Q: Will my child be seen by a nurse practitioner every time he or she goes to the school clinic?
A: No. Akron Children’s Hospital school nursing staff will continue to provide the same level of excellent care to your student. If the nursing staff thinks that your child will benefit from seeing a nurse practitioner, she will request your permission for that to happen.

Q: How will I know what took place during my child’s appointment?
A: The nursing staff will attempt to reach you by calling the phone number provided on the consent form. In addition, you will receive an after-visit summary sent home with the student and mailed to your home that details the visit and any recommended follow-up and prescriptions.

Q: Does Akron Children’s need permission to treat my child?
A: Yes. Every student needs a signed consent form in order to be treated. A signed consent from the student’s parent/guardian will ensure access to this service until they graduate. If no signed consent is on file, a telephone consent can be obtained. Your child will never be seen or treated at the school-based health center without consent.

Q: Do school-based health center appointments cost money?
A: Yes – but no child will be turned away due to inability to pay. Coverage with private insurance varies; copays and deductibles will apply. If you have Medicaid, charges will be billed directly to the insurance company. No copays or fees will be collected at the school.

Q: Will this school-based program replace my child’s primary care doctor?
A: No. Anytime your child has a medical need, your first call should be to your child’s primary care doctor. If your child doesn’t have a doctor, the Akron Children’s team will help you find one.

Q: What are other benefits of the school-based health center?
A: The health centers are convenient for parents, eliminating the need to miss work or arrange transportation. Students can stay in school longer, only missing class for the length of their appointment. Best of all, Akron Children’s Hospital providers will provide high-quality care with the goals of improving students’ health and performance in school.

Q. How do I sign up?
A. Complete, sign and return the consent form to the school nurse clinic.


Our school-based health centers are located in a private space at school and offer:

  • Care for sore throats, rashes, pink eye, stomachaches, coughs, headaches and other minor illnesses
  • Annual well-child check-ups
  • Sports, camp, school and work physicals
  • Help with managing asthma
  • Hearing and vision tests
  • Tips on eating healthy foods and staying safe
  • Referrals to specialty care, mental health and community resources
  • Teen health: drug, alcohol and tobacco use; pregnancy; sexually transmitted diseases; and depression

Our nurse practitioner will see your child either in-person or using telehealth.

  • Well child visits are in-person visits and include recommended immunizations.
  • Sick visits can be either in-person or over telehealth. Using state of the art technology, the nurse practitioner can hear heart and lung sounds and see in your child’s ears, nose and throat for a full exam even if she is not physically at the school that day.

Schedule an appointment

Call 330-543-7242 to learn more or schedule an appointment

Participating Schools

Schools participating in the School-Based Health Center

  • Akron Public Schools
  • Crestwood
  • East Palestine
  • Edge Academy/Akros Middle School
  • Medina
  • Nordonia
  • Rootstown
  • Sebring
  • Streetsboro
  • Warren
  • Windham
  • Woodridge

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