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New virtual 'tele-health' clinics open in Branch Co.

COLDWATER, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The first virtual doctor's office built inside a Michigan school is now open for business in Branch County.

Students at Bronson and Coldwater High Schools now have an on-staff nurse who can patch into a pediatrician to be treated.

It's called Tele-Health Clinic.

"We can check the ears check their throat listen to their heart listen to their lungs," said Doctor Dvelwina Dy, Community Health Center of Branch County Pediatrician.

Doctor Dy showed Newschannel 3 how she can diagnose a patient with the help of some very small cameras and a registered nurse on site.

"Even with the breath sound and the heart sound we can listen to it very clearly, and once I can see it I can actually take a snap shot of the ear drum," said Dr. Dy.

These rural schools were able to afford this, through a more than $200,000 state grant.

This is the first time Coldwater High School has had an on site nurse, in more than 20 years.

Nurses are also hoping to increase vaccinations to prevent the spread of disease.

"I feel especially blessed that were in a rural area and were able to have access to this and the kids here have access to this kind of healthcare," said Theresa Gillette, Community Health Center Nurse

Once this grant money runs out, the hope is that these clinics will be able to sustain themselves through billing patient's insurance.