St. Joseph’s Indian School’s Health & Family Services Center, located on St. Joseph’s campus, is open daily and has ‘on-call’ nurse availability after hours and on weekends. Healthcare providers are available each morning during the week to see to the needs of our students and staff members.
Students are referred to the health center by a houseparent or school staff member whenever there is an injury or illness that needs attention. Barring something serious like an x-ray, St. Joseph’s nurses and contracted providers are able to see to all the students’ medical needs.
A range of illnesses and injuries are cared for at the health center — some of St. Joseph’s most common visits are for colds, flu, allergies, asthma and athletic injuries. Students stay at the health center during the school day when they are too sick to attend school.
On average, St. Joseph’s students make 2,700 visits to the health center each school year!
Nurses at the health center also evaluate our students’ eyesight and arrange for eye appointments as needed. Annual dental appointments are also scheduled by the health center staff. Any time students need to see a specialist, it’s arranged through the health center!
All staff who work directly with the children — like teachers, houseparents and counselors — are also trained to deal with minor health problems and are certified in basic First Aid and CPR.
In addition to seeing that the Lakota students are healthy physically, our certified Family Service Counselors help our Native American students stay healthy mentally. Each student has a counselor who works one-on-one with the student and his or her family.
Our clinical services team helps youngsters — and their families — deal with everything from homesickness and growing pains to drug addiction and everything in between. To help facilitate more holistic healing, families are included in their child’s care plans through regular meetings, both in person and over the phone.
Through it all, St. Joseph’s team of counselors, support staff and health center staff can provide these resources thanks to you!