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High-Quality Medical Services in Baxter County

The Yellville-Summit Health Center (YSHC) opened in early 2014 and is located inside the Yellville-Summit High School. The Yellville-Summit School System was one of seven schools in Arkansas to be awarded a 5 year $500,000 grant as part of the School Based Health Center Initiative to provide increased access to high quality healthcare for students. The grant money came from collected tax revenues from the sale of tobacco products within the state of Arkansas.

While originally only available for Yellville-Summit students, staff, faculty and families, the YSHC is now open to the public!

At YSHC, we offer effective, compassionate, and personalized medical services to all our patients. We completely understand the medical needs of students and parents alike. Our medical professionals love helping the community and we greatly appreciate your support of our services.

While appointments are encouraged, walk-in patients are also accepted. Parental consent will be required before student can be served at the health center. Insurance will be billed, co-pay may be required, or sliding scale will be utilized; however, no student with acute care needs will

Expert Medical Services in North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri

The Yellville-Summit Health Center (YSHC) offers proficient, compassionate, and individualized medical services to all our patients. The students, staff, and faculty at Yellville-Summit schools will have high quality, comprehensive health services that aim to improve academic achievement and enhance their wellbeing simultaneously. Our mission is to coordinate with other school healthcare providers to promote, manage, and fight for all-encompassing, culturally competent medical services in school.

The ambitious and achievable goals of YSHC include:

  • To provide comprehensive medical services to schools
  • To provide on-site monitoring and regulation of disabling and chronic medical conditions
  • To make sure care is continuous by making our staff and services readily available at school
  • To educate guardians and parents of the need for preventive medical services
  • To engage the youth in a positive manner and reduce the risk of risk behaviors
  • To provide competent, on-site services that are also cost-effective and easily accessible to all
  • To refer children who have disabilities and special needs to effective community resources

Our Core Values

At YSHC and BRMC, we firmly believe in easy and open access to cost-effective, high quality medical services in communities and their schools because being healthy is essential for a student to succeed. Healthcare, much like public education, should not be a privilege but a right. We strongly support the advocacy for child and youth healthcare and for the provision of effective, universally-accessible, all-encompassing, and culturally sensitive medical services. Finally, we believe that acute and preventive medical services should be available to all children in schools.

For more information, call the YSHC at (870) 449-YSHC (9742).

YSHC Staff

The medical staff at YSHC offers effective, compassionate, and individualized medical services to all our patients. We understand the value of universally-accessible and proficient healthcare, which is why we worked to establish this health center here. During our time here, we have grown very close to the community, the school, and its faculty, staff, and students. We are honored to be a part of such a supportive and kind community. Every day, because of people like you, we are able to go into work with smiles wide on our faces. Thank you, from the bottoms of our hearts.

Dr. Shawn Bogle, Medical Director

Shawn D. Bogle, MD practices at Baxter Regional Ahrens Clinic in Yellville and serves as the Medical Director of Yellville-Summit Health Center. A native of Harrison, Dr. Bogle attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He completed a family medicine residency at the University of Tennessee in Jackson. Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Bogle is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association.

Deborah Stepp, APRN

Deborah Stepp, MSN, RN, FNP-C, CURN, is a graduate of Mountain Home High School. She attended ASU-MH for nursing school and continued her education to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Deborah has 25 years of nursing experience, including family practice, cardiovascular, urology, and has worked in a long-term skilled facility as a supervisor.

FAQs

What is the Yellville-Summit Health Center?

The Yellville-Summit Health Center is a school based health center (SBHC) that is centrally located on campus and is operated by Baxter Regional Medical Center. The health center serves the students and staff of the Yellville-Summit Public School District.

Will the general public have access to the school?

The access to the school remains the same, with the clinic observing YSSD Policy. The clinic was designed to provide safety and privacy for students. There is a designated access for students at the rear of the health center. The rear entrance will be used by staff responsible for escorting students to the clinic for services. All other clinic access including handicap accessibility will be from the front of the health center which is adjacent to the high school parking lot.

Do I have to pay for services?

Most insurance plans are accepted including Medicaid and ARKids 1st, as long as a referral from the patient's PCP can be obtained. If Yellville-Summit Health Center is unable to obtain a referral from the PCP, the patient will be billed directly. Co-pay may be required; or sliding scale may be utilized, however, no child will be turned away because of inability to pay for acute care services.

What is the history behind SBHCs?

The school-based healthcare movement began at the start of the 1980s nationally, with just several projects at the time. Today, nearly 2,000 school-based health centers across the United States provide effective and compassionate medical services to almost two million students. About 40 percent of these children and youth do not have a medical home, primarily because they reside in communities that have limited or restricted access to medical services. This movement is led and driven by the National Assembly on School-Based Healthcare.

Do parents favor SBHCs?

Yes, due to a variety of reasons. First, SBHC's wide range of medical services help keep the parents’ children healthy and in school. Our services can help treat dental issues, mental health and substance abuse problems, physical ailments, and behavioral issues. Secondly, parents miss less work with SBHCs. With SBHCs, parents do not have to miss work when their children get sick. If parents are working for hourly wages, SBHCs help them stay at work without having to miss invaluable income. Next, SBHCs ensure that schools are prepared for emergencies and parents can rest easy knowing there are easily-accessible medical services located right in the school should an emergency occur. Also, SBHCs can coordinate with school officials to improve the schools’ crisis response plan, providing for a safer and better-prepared environment. Lastly, SBHCs oftentimes strengthen schools’ health education programs due to our medical professionals’ extensive healthcare knowledge.

Do SBHCs hinder the authority of the parents?

No, because parents have the authority to sign or not sign consent forms that would allow their children to use SBHC's standard medical services such as treating colds, asthma, or injuries sustained during sporting events. If SBHC prescribes medicine to their children, the children’s primary care physician and parents are usually notified. The SBHC movement is a strong believer in working alongside and coordinating with parents to create solutions for healthcare problems. Together, we are stronger and can do more to help our children.

Shouldn't schools just focus on education?

Schools can only teach students if the students are in school. Our extensive research shows that students who utilize SBHCs are more likely to graduate or move up, and students who do not are more likely to be absent. Also, students who do not utilize SBHCs are more likely to get sick, go to school, and infect other students, teachers, faculty, and staff, thereby detracting from the learning process.

Do SBHCs eliminate the need for school nurses and school counselors?

No, because SBHCs add complementary medical resources in addition to those already being provided, rather than replacing school counselors, nurses, and already existing medical services. In some SBHC schools, the counselors and nurses work independently of our services. In others, nurses and counselors are incorporated into the SBHC system. Either way, counselors and nurses are essential for providing all-encompassing medical services to students.

Do health centers take money away from schools?

SBHCs receive funding from a wide variety of sources such as private grants, insurance billing, and the state. Schools provide numerous invaluable resources to health centers including utilities, space for operating, and custodial services. Furthermore, some schools provide modest funding because they realize their students achieve more academically when they are healthy physically and psychologically.

Do SBHCs take patients away from local providers?

No, because SBHCs coordinate with and refer patients to community healthcare providers. SBHCs are simply another way for children and youth to get medical services if they cannot seek outside healthcare themselves, or do not want to. Even though primary care physicians usually treat children less than 13 years of age fairly often, they see adolescents and young adults with far less frequency. This particular age group faces a variety of potential healthcare risks and generally does not have access to necessary medical resources. For these teens and young adults, SBHCs provide access to much-needed healthcare services.

Are practitioners at SBHCs qualified?

Yes, all medical providers employed by SBHCs need to have a medical license and their medical services are limited to what they are licensed for. Most of the time, SBHC medical providers have skills and training on top of their licensed abilities, allowing them to provide truly comprehensive medical services.

What about prescriptions?

Written prescriptions are only given to a child if their parent specifically requests one. All prescriptions given to children will be sent electronically or telephoned to the parent's chosen pharmacy.

What do I need to do for my child to receive services?

Students just need to submit parental consent forms to YSHC in order to utilize SBHC medical services. All students in need of SBHC medical services need to visit the school nurse before using the school's clinical services. All children using our services will have their visit scheduled based on how severe their medical need is relative to others. If the school nurse decides that a student needs to use YSHC services, the parent must be notified before the services are provided or there must be a parental consent form already on file that would allow treatment if the parent is not available. During school hours, all students must first be assessed by the school nurse before being sent to the clinic, unless they had a scheduled follow up appointment.