Dist. 225 approves offer for health service provider

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Continuing on the path of providing a school health center in Glenbrook South, the Glenbrook High Schools District 225 Board on June 13 approved a bid for a health service provider.

After interviewing three potential providers on June 6 and then focusing on two who submitted formal proposals — NorthShore University HealthSystem and Advocate Aurora Health — the latter was selected to staff the health center, whose start date Opening is scheduled for October 1.

The health center is intended to handle basic health care such as sports physical exams, required vaccinations, first-year medical exams, COVID-19 tests, general health issues and additional mental health services .

Attorney Aurora, who operates a health center for Maine Township High School District 207 — which District 225 investigated during its own facility review, as well as Evanston High’s NorthShore model — presented a annual budget estimate of $406,176.

The administration asked the board to approve an annual cost not to exceed $430,000, still $15,536 less than the budgeted amount. Attorney Aurora’s estimate is based on an average price for staff and costs for things like lab work and vaccinations which can vary depending on usage.

The difference between the proposal and the annual cost approved on Monday came down to “salary, not knowing exactly what the market is right now,” said district operations manager Dr Kim Ptak, who helped review the proposals. and interview candidates.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

“When comparing the two proposals, the attorney’s proposal was in line with the budget projection we had. The other proposal was about double the attorney’s proposal,” said RJ Gravel, associate district superintendent. 225, who joined Ptak in the interviews.

A big difference came down to “point-of-care testing,” Gravel said.

“Advocate was confident that the majority of the tests we would do would be done at the point of care, so they would be done on site and not have to go to the labs,” Ptak said.

“Where NorthShore’s assumptions were that about half of the testing should be done offsite to labs. That was a line item that was significantly higher.”

The actual motion, approved by a 6-0 vote of board members, specified a 5-year professional services agreement with attorney Aurora Healthcare for a first-year annual award not to exceed $430,000, with annual increases based on consumer price index.

Either party may cancel the contract without penalty by written notice within 90 days of the new year.

Gravel said once a clinic is established, a district becomes eligible for competitive state grants. He said between donations and grants, District 207 receives about $200,000 a year.

He called it a “no-cost model” for students, and no primary insurance company will be charged. Aurora Advocate will bill Medicaid for people enrolled in this program. Liability and malpractice insurance and workers’ compensation are included in the annual cost.

Bids from seven contractors were also approved for a total of $565,921 for the construction of the health center, more than $24,000 less than the amount expected at the May 9 council meeting.

This will be covered by a one-time Community Project Funding grant of $250,000, plus a portion of the $1.09 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds the district has received for COVID-19 expenses previously. submitted.

“For the next financial year – i.e. the 2022-23 financial year which begins on July 1 – the entire operating costs (of the first year) of the school health center will be covered by the unforeseen income of FEMA,” Gravel said.

Construction is expected to begin June 27. The health center will be located near the main entrance to Glenbrook South, opposite the existing nurses’ office, which will remain intact and staffed. By July 29, only interior finishing work should remain.

“We asked in our interviews, ‘Why are you interested,'” Gravel said. “‘We know you have a clinic at another school, but why Glenbrook, why do you see this as another opportunity?’

“And they really believe and support this concept of school health centers. And when we also shared our goal of supporting a healthy school environment, including our staff, they saw it as a new partnership and something they wanted to get directly involved,” he said.

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