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Published on October 23, 2012

Dean Donates Life-Saving EpiPens to Nearly 40 School Districts in South Central Wisconsin

Dean Clinic & Dean Health Plan Partner to Offer EpiPens to Schools over Next Five Years

Dean Clinic and Dean Health Plan are pleased to announce a new program designed to keep children with life-threatening allergies safe in schools.  For the 2012-2013 school year, 243 schools in 39 different school districts in south central Wisconsin received one of the donated EpiPens.

Here is a list of school districts and the number of EpiPens they received:

  • Albany Schools – 1 EpiPen
  • Beaver Dam Unified School District – 10 EpiPens
  • Boscobel School District – 3 EpiPens
  • Cambridge School District – 12 EpiPens
  • CESA 3 Riverdale Public Schools – 5 EpiPens
  • CESA 3 Shullsburg School District – 4 EpiPens
  • Clinton Community School District – 3 EpiPens
  • Cuba City School District – 7 EpiPens
  • Deerfield Schools – 2 EpiPens
  • DeForest Area School District – 12 EpiPens
  • Delavan Darien School District – 5 EpiPens
  • Dodgeland School District – 3 EpiPens
  • Evansville Community School District – 4 EpiPens
  • Highland School District – 2 EpiPens
  • Iowa-Grant School District – 3 EpiPens
  • Ithaca School District – 1 EpiPen
  • Juda Schools – 1 EpiPen
  • Lodi School District – 4 EpiPens
  • Madison Metropolitan School District – 45 EpiPens
  • McFarland Schools – 5 EpiPens
  • Middleton Schools – 16 EpiPens
  • Mineral Point School District – 4 EpiPens
  • Monticello School District – 3 EpiPens
  • Mt. Horeb Area Schools – 5 EpiPens
  • Oregon School District – 6 EpiPens
  • Parkview School District – 3 EpiPens
  • Poynette School District – 4 EpiPens
  • Randolph Schools – 3 EpiPens
  • Rio Community School District – 2 EpiPens
  • River Valley School District – 7 EpiPens
  • Sauk Prairie School District – 7 EpiPens
  • School District of Belleville – 4 EpiPens
  • School District of Beloit Turner – 6 EpiPens
  • School District of Brodhead – 3 EpiPens
  • Stoughton Area School District – 11 EpiPens
  • Sun Prairie Area Schools – 12 EpiPens
  • Waterloo School District – 5 EpiPens
  • Waunakee School District – 6 EpiPens
  • Waupun School District – 4 EpiPens

“EpiPens are a crucial tool needed to help stop an allergic reaction,” says Dean Clinic Allergist Reid Olson, MD.  “EpiPens are a first line of treatment and they can actually stop a reaction in a matter of minutes.”

The program will run through the 2016-2017 school year.  New EpiPens will be delivered to the schools each of the next five years.  If an EpiPen is used during the school year, a new EpiPen will be replaced without cost to the school district.

“The program was piloted in the Madison School District last year when we donated more than 40 EpiPens to the district,” says Dean Clinic President and CEO Craig Samitt.  “First grade Gompers Elementary School student, Talon Hogan gave us all the reason in the world to not only continue the program, but expand it, after a donated EpiPen was used on him during an allergic reaction at school.”

“When my son had an allergic reaction to something unknown, we were very happy the school had an EpiPen to use on him,” says Talon’s mother Heidi Hogan.  “If the school had not had the EpiPen it could have been much worse for us.  We were very thankful they were able to help slow down the reaction.”

Wisconsin law does allow children with known allergies to have an EpiPen with them in schools, but Dr. Olson says Talon Hogan’s case is a good example of why it is still important that schools have a backup on hand.

“If a child’s first exposure to the allergen is at school, they may not have an EpiPen or an action plan set up with the school,” says Dr. Olson.  “This is when having the device in the schools is critically important.” 

School districts who offer employees Dean Health Plan insurance or the option to receive it were eligible to request EpiPens as part of this year’s program.

“We hope the EpiPens never have to be used, but it’s feels good to know that these schools now have an extra life-saving device on hand,” says Dr. Olson.

For More Information

For more information or to arrange an interview with one of our Dean providers or staff, contact Dean Clinic Communications Manager Kim Sveum at kim.sveum@deancare.com or (608) 294-6080.

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