UPDATE: Wyoming County BOE reinstates partnership with Tug River Health during special meeting

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:15 p.m. UPDATE: PINEVILLE, WV (WVNS) — The Wyoming County Board of Education (BOE) voted to reinstate its partnership with Tug River Health.

The partnership was originally suspended because complaints were made about the Tug River Health mobile unit taking business away from other clinics. Tug River is considered an 501 C 3 and does not profit from any services they provide. Tug River Health Associate Dr. Joanna Bailey said she is happy BOE made this decision.

“It fells very good, very good. They were very approachable about this. They listened to what we had to say and it felt very good to know that they were making the right decision for the students,” Bailey stated.

Wyoming County Superintendent Dierdre Cline said she believed the board was looking at this from a business perspective.

“They had kind of, and I’ll use their words, gotten out of their lane, and were looking at the issue more from a business model perspective, rather than what was best for the students and children. So we are thrilled about that,” Cline stated.

The Tug River mobile units which served the outlying schools will begin the serviced immediately.

Original Story: The Wyoming County Board of Education (BOE) suspended its partnership with Tug River Health after other clinics in the county were reportedly complaining about the mobile unit being used for immunizations. Tug River was offering immunizations to kids across Wyoming County through their mobile unit.

During a meeting on Aug. 31, 2020, members of the board voted to suspend their service with Tug River. Board members said the reason they suspended their services is because it was taking business away from other clinics. Tug River is considered a 501 C 3 and does not profit off of any services they give to the BOE. The original plan for the mobile clinic was to visit outlying schools to provide service for four hours a day.

During the summer, the mobile clinic gave 61 kids immunizations across their six locations. Currently, 84 kids are without immunizations on the east end of the county. After hearing this, the BOE decided to revisit the previous vote in a special meeting. The special meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 at 6 p.m.


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