History of Integrated Health Services
Integrated Health Services, Inc. was founded by Dr. Deborah Poerio, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC. The organization’s purpose – to provide comprehensive, accessible, and integrated health care services at local schools – had been cultivated over the previous fifteen years while she ran the School Based Health Center (SBHC) program at Manchester Memorial Hospital.
The School Based Health Center Program transitioned from Manchester Memorial in 2007 with support from the hospital’s president, along with the president of Goodwin College (now Goodwin University), the East Hartford mayor, and superintendent. All joined forces to support Dr. Poerio’s efforts to locate a new funding source for SBHC services. Recognizing the critical role SBHCs play in providing quality healthcare to vulnerable populations, Dr. Poerio founded Integrated Health Services, Inc. in 2007, with the intent of maintaining services in East Hartford and expanding the SBHC program to serve other vulnerable communities.
Financial support to create the organization’s infrastructure was awarded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to ensure a solid administrative foundation from which the organization could continue to grow and expand its mission. IHS successfully operated and administered DPH-funded elementary school-based health centers in East Hartford for 18 years (from 1998-2016).
Currently, IHS operates SBHCs serving the scholars and families of the Goodwin University Magnet School System at Riverside Magnet School, Connecticut River Academy—Middle and High Schools, offering behavioral health, medical, and dental services to children from Pre-K through Grade 12. IHS also partners with the Bloomfield, CT school district to offer behavioral health and health education services to Carmen Arace Intermediate and Middle Schools.