At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Wooster City School District (WCSD) announced an expanded contract with Akron Children’s Hospital (ACH).
For the past six years, WCSD has partnered with Akron Children’s to provide health care services for the district’s preschool and elementary buildings. A medical assistant continues to work in each building, and Registered Nurse (RN) Laura Zollinger has acted as the supervising RN for all of the schools.
Following the retirement of the Edgewood Middle School and Wooster High School nurses at the end of the 2017-2018 school year, the district expanded its partnership with ACH to account for the medical services offered in these two school buildings.
Zollinger is the supervising RN for the entire school district, and ACH nurses Shawna Smithberger and Natasha Paul will serve as the full-time registered nurses at Edgewood and Wooster High School, respectively. The elementary schools will continue to have a medical assistant for the entire school day.
“Our population of students has become more and more diverse, both educationally and medically,” said Zollinger. “We are serving more students with medical needs than ever before. We want to keep all students healthy, in school, and ready to learn so they can reach their full academic potential.
“Akron Children’s Hospital is nationally recognized for their pediatric care,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs. “We find their compassionate approach to treatment and their extraordinary patient experience to be remarkable. ACH is a fabulous asset or our families and for our school system.”