History of Integrated Health Services

History

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 and Connecticut River Academy, offering behavioral health, medical, and dental services to children from Pre-K through Grade 12. IHS also partners with Goodwin University to offer counseling services to the enrolled University students.

Contact IHS

Integrated Health Services:
763 Burnside Avenue
East Hartford, CT 06108
(860) 461-1487

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturdays and Sundays: closed

About IHS

Integrated Health Services, Inc. was founded in 2007 by Dr. Poerio, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, but 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.

Locations


​​​​IHS Administrative Office
763 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT 06108

Administrative Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturdays and Sundays: closed

School Based Health Center Locations
Connecticut River Academy
9 Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118
(860) 310-2864

Connecticut River Academy Middle School
195 Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06108

Riverside Magnet School
29 Willowbrook Road
East Hartford, CT 06118
(860) 709-6812

Goodwin Counseling Services
1 Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT 06118
(860) 913-2395