Teams of pediatric nurses and trained caregiving staff, under the leadership of the Director of Health Services and the Medical Director, enable HMS to accommodate children and youth with complex disabilities and medical conditions.*
Nurses promote and protect students’ optimal well-being, safety and full participation in their school program. They administer medications, tube feedings and other treatments at the student’s location allowing school activities to proceed with little interruption. Open communication between nurses and families eases the transition from home to school and smoothly reintegrates a child returning from a medical procedure or hospitalization. We expertly handle any medical emergency and arrange transport for students to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia a little over a mile away.
“We searched for a long time before finding HMS. They have so many more services for our son than any other school of this type. Examples: Parent Teacher Night—They keep the entire school staff after school so that both parents can attend and do not have to find caretakers (which can be difficult for special needs children). They also provide boxed dinners on these nights to help parents with their busy schedules. Second, their special doctors visit the children at school so that parents do not have to take time off for routine eye care and dental visits. Third, when our son was learning to use an assistive communication device at his previous school, we had to order a loaner from the state. After working with it for a few months, it had to be returned. At our HMS interview, they provided a loaner and showed us how to program it right then and there. He has been using it steadily for the past few years and is still learning. GREAT SCHOOL!”– Parent
Every student is assigned to a nursing team who are passionate about caring for children with disabilities. Each team works collaboratively through family and physicians and other healthcare providers to support and foster continuity of care. Well-trained, direct caregiving staff provide personal care and nurturing, alert to any change in youngsters’ medical condition and emotional well-being. A daily communication book circulates among the team and goes home with each student.
Our team goes beyond basic daily needs. Medical specialties and screenings in the areas of nutrition, orthopedics- involving brace fittings and adjustments, optometry, dentistry and more are provided on-site, ensuring that children receive ongoing support for their success.
*Please be aware that there may be circumstances when a student requires additional nursing care that may be covered by personal insurance.