Pattonville School-Based Health Services
The Pattonville School District is pleased to welcome IFM Community Medicine as a partner to enhance school-based health services for our district.
Through a partnership with SSM Health DePaul Hospital, Pattonville is excited to welcome IFM Community Medicine to our school health team. This new Connection to Health and Healing partnership will help us better support our students’ health and wellbeing in a way that’s convenient for families. IFM Community Medicine is a not-for-profit health care organization that partners with over a dozen school districts in the St Louis city and county area.
Serving the community at the clinic
As part of Pattonville’s continued Connection to Health and Healing partnership with SSM Health DePaul Hospital, families in the Pattonville School District can schedule an appointment at IFM’s Community Connections Health Clinic. The clinic, located at 11280 St. Charles Rock Road in Bridgeton, opened in January 2023 and is available to all district residents. Services include primary care, wellness exams, women’s health, sick visits, sports physicals, immunizations, medication management, Medicaid enrollment and utility assistance. For more information, see the flyer at right. To schedule an appointment, call (314) 546-4321.
Serving students while at school
Physicians and nurse practitioners from IFM will be available to the district on a daily basis, including being on-site at many of our schools throughout the week.
Through this new program, Pattonville will be able to offer physicals and evaluation of acute health problems to our students with parent permission. This program is not intended to replace the role of your child’s primary care physician, but rather to work collaboratively in a way that makes care more convenient. Our goal is for these services to be a convenience to you and to reduce health challenges that may keep students from attending school.
Dr. David Campbell is a family physician and CEO of IFM Community Medicine. Dr. Campbell already serves as the medical director for more than a dozen schools in the St Louis area. IFM family nurse practitioners go on-site to a number of those districts, working in concert with the school nurses, and providing services that would not otherwise be available in the school. Within each of these districts, the services offered are tailored to the school district, but can include immunizations, physicals, management of acute medical issues and evaluation of chronic medical conditions that are interfering with the child’s ability to learn in the classroom.
Greetings from the IFM team (video)
Nurse Practitioner Schedule
Below is the in-school nurse practitioner schedule for each Pattonville school.
Early Childhood Center
Wednesday mornings - Suzanne Jaudes
Bridgeway Elementary School
Monday morning - Suzanne Jaudes
Drummond Elementary School
Tuesday morning - Teresa DuMaine
Parkwood Elementary School
Thursday afternoon - Rachel Navarrette
Rose Acres Elementary School
Tuesday afternoon - Suzanne Jaudes
Willow Brook Elementary School
Monday morning - Rachel Navarrette
Remington Traditional School
Tuesday morning - Suzanne Jaudes
Holman Middle School
Monday - Teresa DuMaine
Pattonville Heights Middle School
Thursday morning - Rachel Navarrette
Pattonville High School
Friday morning - Suzanne Jaudes
How to participate
You can take advantage of this program by reviewing and completing the consent form at https://bit.ly/iFMconsentPSD and returning it to your child's teacher or school office. This gives permission for your child to be seen by the health care providers of IFM Community Medicine while at school. You will always be informed when your child is seen.
If your child has health insurance, please provide the insurance information on the consent form. Be aware that the insurance may be billed for the services rendered, but you will NEVER receive a bill for these services (in other words there is no cost to you). If your child does not have health insurance, they can also be seen, and you will NEVER be billed for these services (again, no cost to you).
We hope you will find this new resource a benefit to your family. If you have questions, please reach out to your child’s school nurse.
The goal of the IFM/Pattonville program is to keep kids healthy, and in school while reducing the barriers and burdens of transportation and cost for the parents. This program does not take the place of the child having a primary care physician/pediatrician. Rather it enhances those services, particularly for acute illness when getting an appointment to the PCP and taking the child in may result in a delay in getting the child back to school, or missed work for the parent.
No service will be provided to your child without your permission. In addition, the nurse practitioner will work with the school nurse to make sure that you are aware of any recommendations.
In addition to nurse practitioners, who will travel around to different schools within the districts, IFM also employs a community health worker, who will work with the district’s nurses, counselors and social workers to assist families of the district to connect with needed resources in the community.
Meet the Practitioners
Teresa DuMaine and Rachel Navarrette
Family Nurse Practitioners
Community Health Worker
Community Health Worker
Community Health Worker
IFM Community Medicine is a recognized leader in the St Louis community in providing enhance school-based health services. IFM Community Medicine is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that has been working within the walls of schools for 20 years.
What services is IFM bringing to the Pattonville School District?
The IFM services to Pattonville includes:
A Medical Director for standing orders, prescriptions and consultation
A team of family nurse practitioners who will visit the schools on a regular basis (frequency to be determined by need)
A team of Community Health workers to assist families with needs related to navigation of the health system, applying for Medicaid insurance, and resources for social determinants of health.
Are the family nurse practitioners replacing the school nurses?
This is an emphatic no. Our nurse practitioners are there to work with the school nurses to take services to another level in hopes of reducing absenteeism and supporting the wellness of the children of the district.
What is the scope of practice for the nurse practitioners?
Nurse practitioners can “diagnose and treat.” This may prevent the need for the parent to take the child to the urgent care or wait several days for a doctor’s appointment.
Does the nurse practitioner replace the child’s primary care physician?
Another emphatic NO. The Nurse practitioner can augment the services by being on-site at the school. Our services within the school are not intended to eliminate the recommendation that each child have a regular primary care physician.
What if the child doesn’t have a regular primary care physician?
Our Community Health Worker can assist the family in finding care. IFM established a community clinic as one option. (See information above.)
Does the nurse practitioner need parental consent to see the child?
Yes, except in the case of life-threatening emergencies, care will only be provided with the parent or guardian’s consent. We would prefer this be a written consent (the consent form is available above). In cooperation with the school nurse, we can also see the child with verbal consent, defined as the nurse practitioner plus one school staff (or two school staff) talking directly with the parent by phone and documenting the consent.
What type of acute care needs can the nurse practitioner address?
Evaluation of upper respiratory symptoms, headache, earache, rashes, abdominal pain are just a few examples of the acute care issues that the NP can evaluate. The NP will have access to strep and other “point of care” testing to facilitate establishing a diagnosis. In coordination with the parent, the NP can prescribe treatment.
Beside acute care needs, what else can the nurse practitioner assist with?
Sometimes the child may have a chronic issue that is not well controlled, like asthma, or even diabetes. If this is the case, and the child has a primary care physician, the nurse practitioner can reach out to that office and share findings to expedite care. If the child doesn’t have a primary care physician, the nurse practitioner can initiate or modify the treatment plan.
What about things like vaccines and physicals.
Our goal is to address whatever health care needs your school or the district have. This can include physicals, sports physicals, immunizations, return to school approval, and consultation.
Will the nurse practitioner be in my school every day?
We will have a team of nurse practitioners for this project. Your school will be visited by the same nurse practitioner so there is consistency, but that will only be about once a week (more or less depending on the needs of your school). At the same time, there will be one of the nurse practitioners of the team in the Bridgeton area every day, and you will have the ability to reach them with questions. Depending on the need, it might even be possible for them to make a special trip on a day no one was scheduled to be at your school.
Contact the IFM/ Pattonville team
David Campbell, MD, Medical Director, 314-530-7322
Teresa DuMaine, Family Nurse Practitioner, 314-530-7326
Rachel Navarrette, Family Nurse Practitioner, 314-530-7333
Suzanne Jaudes, Family Nurse Practitioner, 314-530-7402
Autumn Brannan, Community Health Worker, 314-528-6007
Flannery Harman, Community Health Worker, 314-528-9806
Shannel Gray, Community Health Worker, 314-526-3599