EBR students get free healthcare

POSTED: Friday, November 6, 2009 - 4:49pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

Some East Baton Rouge parish students are getting free health care at school.

Baton Rouge Primary Care will provide the medical help to students from low-income families at four elementary schools.

The clinic plans to provide immunizations, physicals and regular doctor visits for children.

Doctors say the service is two-fold.

"They'll get the healthcare that they need, and also with them being treated at school, that cuts down on the amount of time that they're out of school, so we may be able to take care of them and then they can go back to class," said Dr. Melanie Thomas, Baton Rouge Primary Care.

The project cost the nonprofit company about $80,000.

Crestworth Learning Academy, Kenilworth Technology Charter and Dalton and Lanier Elementary are the schools participating.

Doctors say they hope to expand the program next year.