In March, Community Health reached an agreement with Noblesville Schools to be its exclusive partner for health care services. The district formerly partnered with both Riverview Health and Community.
District officials said Community Health will now provide services to school nursing, mental health and counseling programs, sports medicine and the employee health clinic.
“We have the utmost respect and appreciation for Riverview Health and the outstanding care they have provided Noblesville Schools students and employees over the years,” Supt. Beth Niedermeyer said. “As we move to increase our mental health and counseling resources, and align them with our current medical offerings, Community Health is best positioned to meet our needs across that full continuum of care. We look forward to building on our successful past relationship with Community as we expand into this exclusive partnership that will bring significantly increased mental health and counseling resources to our students and staff.”
Bryan Mills, president and CEO of Community Health Network, said he is proud as a Noblesville resident to be able to provide care to his community.
“We are committed to the health and well-being of the communities we serve,” Mills said. “Schools are a vital part of those communities. We consider it a privilege and a special responsibility to be invited into the schools to provide care for students, teachers, staff and families.
“Community Health Network excels in the behavioral health arena and that continuing to share the contract with Community could lead to fragmented care and limit the behavioral care providers’ abilities to have an entire clinical picture of the student/staff member.”
The district has worked to secure an agreement from the parties on a plan regarding the future status of school nurses, who were Riverview Health employees embedded as Noblesville Schools staff in each of the district’s 10 schools.
An agreement recently was reached to retain all nurses who chose to stay with the school district as Community Health employees. The Noblesville School Board is set to approve the contract in August.