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BRCHS Receives $50,000 Grant to Expand Access to School Based Health Centers

(Hendersonville, NC)  Blue Ridge Community Health Services, Inc. (BRCHS) has received a $50,000 grant from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, Inc. to increase access to School Based Health Centers (SBHCs) for Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS) students.  During the 2011-12 school year 1,856 students used SBHC services resulting in 11,283 encounters.   This funding will help provide an additional 3,165 students with access to SBHC services.

BRCHS operates SBHCs at two elementary schools (Bruce Drysdale and Hillandale), a middle school (Apple Valley) and a high school (North Henderson), all in Henderson County.  These schools have dedicated SBHCs on-site and they are staffed during school hours throughout the academic year, with one site, Bruce Drysdale, open year round.  A need to link these services to additional schools was indentified in consultation with the Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS) at the following locations:  Edneyville and Sugarloaf Elementary Schools, Hendersonville and Flat Rock Middle Schools and Hendersonville High School.  Students from these schools will be transported to the nearest SBHC location.

“School Based Health Centers are an important method of health care delivery for children in Henderson County.  They create an environment of service coordination and collaboration that addresses the health needs and well-being of students with health disparities or poor access to health care services,” said Dr. Paul Trani, Medical Director of School Health Services.  “Through thegenerosity of the Sisters of Mercy Foundation, more students will have access to medical and behavioral health services. This will contribute to systematic change in not only health care outcomes, but educational outcomes as well.”

BRCHS has been serving Hendersonville and the surrounding communities for almost 50 years in an effort to provide high quality and affordable medical, dental and mental health care as well as promote health awareness/education.  If you would like more information about BRCHS, call 692-4289 ext. 2509; write to BRCHS at P. O. Box 5151, Hendersonville, NC  28793; or online at or

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, Inc. operates exclusively for the benefit and support of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community and assists it in furthering its charitable, religious and educational mission.  The Foundation is managed in accordance with the teachings and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.  The Foundation seeks to promote systemic change and assist individuals to empower themselves, especially women, children and those who are elderly, to improve the quality of their lives.

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