History of Integrated Health Services
lntegrated Health Services, Inc. was founded in 2008 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.
When Manchester Memorial was no longer able to sustain the SBHC program in 2008, the hospital’s president, along with the president of Goodwin College, 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 SBHC’s play in providing quality healthcare to vulnerable populations. To accomplish her goal, Dr. Poerio founded Integrated Health Services, Inc. in 2008 with the intent of operating and expanding the SBHC program to serve 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 over 18 years (from 1998-2016).
Currently, IHS SBHCs are located at Goodwin College’s Riverside Magnet School and The Connecticut River Academy, offering behavioral health medical and dental services to children from Pre-K through Grade 12 at those sites. A third site recently opened at Goodwin College, offering counseling services to the enrolled college students.