The staff at Neshoba Clinic include, from left, Jonee Cumberland, Jennifer Phillips, nurse practitioner, and Amber Jones.
The staff at Neshoba Clinic include, from left, Jonee Cumberland, Jennifer Phillips, nurse practitioner, and Amber Jones.
The county hospital’s new clinic at Neshoba Elementary saw 15 patients on the first day when it opened a week ago, including high schoolers and teachers.

The hospital is leasing space at the elementary school to house the clinic where nurse practitioner Jennifer Phillips is seeing patients.

Parents were given consent forms authorizing Phillips to treat their children if they become ill while at school.

The forms include students’ medical history and other pertinent information.

Neshoba County General Hospital Administrator Lee McCall said the clinic is being operated just like their other clinics in Philadelphia.

He said the goal was to reach students as they are getting sick so they can be treated and allowed to stay in school. Should a student be diagnosed with an illness such as the flu, parents would then be called to pick up the child, alleviating exposure to other students.

“Neshoba Central is so big with 3,300 plus students and 400 plus teachers and administrators,” McCall said.

With nearly 4,000 people on campus, McCall said that was enough to sustain a clinic operation.

The clinic does not replace school nurses, McCall said. Rather, it is a value add-on.

The school nurse, however, can refer a student to the nurse practitioner if needed. Students and staff members from Neshoba Middle School are seen at the clinic as well.

McCall said parents, teachers and school administrators have voiced support for the clinic, which alleviates the need for them to leave campus and go to another clinic in town where there is a long wait.

“Teachers can schedule a visit to the clinic during their free periods,” McCall said.

The clinic also handles insurance claims and billing just like the hospital’s other facilities.

Prescriptions are called into the family’s pharmacy.

“No prescriptions are given to the kids,” McCall said.

Phillips will work in the hospital’s other clinics during the summer months when students and staff members are out of school.

“They can continue to see her at our clinics in the summer,” McCall said.

The Neshoba Clinic is open each school day from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Superintendent of Education Lundy Brantley called the clinic a win-win for everyone involved.

“It’s an awesome service for our students, teachers and staff,” he said.

“Healthy kids have a better chance to learn.”

He is very proud of the school district’s partnership with Neshoba General.

“We probably touch 90 percent of the families in the county, between us and the hospital,” Brantley said.

 “I want to thank Lee McCall for working with us on this and helping make this a reality.”

Brantley hopes those families will support the clinic.

“I really hope everybody realizes how big a deal this is,” he said.

“It’s a good partnership with our community. It helps our kids and it helps our staff.”

Brantley said he has already utilized the clinic himself.