Students in Mitchell County can now receive a doctor’s diagnosis without leaving the school grounds due to the Center for Rural Health’s implementation of a telemedicine program to schools across the county. The service connects school nurses to medical professionals using high definition video conferencing and diagnostic equipment allowing sick students to receive a medical opinion without the need to physically go to the doctor. With the adding of Gouge and Deyton Elementary, the program, which kicked off two years ago, has completed introduction into all Mitchell County schools. Parents must enroll their child into the program to receive care and families are encouraged to do so. The program is self-sustaining, operating on federal and state grants with no cost to the schools. The Center for Rural Health hopes to secure final funding to build a health center on the campus at Mitchell High School.