RIPLEY COUNTY - Elementary school students in two southeastern Indiana schools will now receive enhanced access to medical care after new telehealth centers formally opened in Ripley County. The Indiana Rural School Clinic has expanded into Batesville Primary School and Milan Elementary School. Both facilities are now equipped with high-tech telehealth machinery, funded by the Indiana Rural Health Association, CareSource, Margaret Mary Foundation and the Ripley County Community Foundation. 

Milan Elementary Principal Cinda Ahlrich says the new service will typically connect students to a nurse practitioner at Milan Primary Care.

“This elevates the level of care that we can provide our students in a timely way and fashion,” said Tammy Jutzi, health services coordinator and school nurse for Milan."

Students at both schools will be able to see a doctor via video conference, and the two clinics will use digital equipment and sensory tools to link a medical provider to help make a diagnosis.