Pender County Health Department hired Pamela Balogh, FNP, to the Pender County School-Based Health Centers.

Balough will be based at Pender High School, and will be providing services at all three Pender County School-Based Health Centers to make healthcare more accessible to students and their families.

Balough grew up in Virginia, but moved to Pender County when she was in middle school. She graduated from nursing school at Cape Fear Community College in 2007, and went to work at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for a couple of years, before she came to work at the Pender County Health Department.

Balough is a Pender High School alumni and to be able to provide health services to her alma mater gives her pride.

“I wanted to be able to help people in a public health setting,” Balough said in a news release. “I love the people and the community in Pender County, and it is a way to give back.”

With school-based services, parents don’t have to take off work to get their child in to see a medical provider. Children can seek medical attention right on the school campus. Health center services include annual physicals, including sports physicals, and well child check-ups, kindergarten health assessments, sick visits, immunizations, hearing and vision screenings and behavioral/mental health services.

Students will receive a packet in their orientation materials where they may sign up for the school-based health center, or they may sign up through the school nurse. Insurance and Medicaid are accepted, and a sliding fee scale is available. The school-based health centers are located at Pender High School (910) 815-7063, Cape Fear Schools (910) 623-6019 and West Pender Middle School (910) 789-6064. Appointments are available, and walk-ins are welcome.

The School-Based Health Centers are made possible by cooperation between the Pender County Health Department, Pender County Schools, Coastal Horizons, and PATH (Pender Alliance for Teen Health). For more information please contact the Pender County Health Department at (910) 259-1230.