Campus Spotlight on Health Services

Chance Hall, more commonly known as the Health Center, is the on-campus site for minor illness and injury care. Full-time students’ fees cover health services and there is no charge for the care, supplies, or medications received here. There may be times when off-site lab tests, x-rays, or emergency care is needed that require payment so student health insurance coverage is strongly encouraged.

The Health Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with health care providers, medical doctors (MDs) and nurse practitioners (NPs), available three to four hours each day. Please call early in the morning for an appointment. Emergency contraception is available as a same day appointment when providers are here.

A nurse is available on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer questions and assist with self care and triage concerns. Health Center office assistants help with appointment scheduling and over-the-counter (OTC) medications so please call if you have any questions.

Acute care for ailments like sore throat, cough, nausea or vomiting, allergies or the flu is available.  Helping services are available for students concerned with possibly having a urinary tract infection (UTI) or sexually transmitted infection (STI). When OTC medications, a visit with the doctor, or referral to other providers (for example, x-ray, Urgent Care or hospital) is needed, students first meet with a nurse.

The staff will assess a student’s medical situation and help plan options. Often illnesses such as colds, “stomach flu,” or other viruses lack helpful antibiotics. However, there are many symptom relievers available at Health Services that can make students more comfortable until the illness is gone.  Particular symptoms may have many different origins and the nurses can do assessments and some simple tests to help discover the cause.

Some examples include “mono” tests, strep screens, pregnancy tests, urine dips to check for infections, and glucose monitoring to check blood sugar status for diabetics.

After triage, students will be given an appointment with a provider or will be suggested things they can try to relieve any pain or discomfort. If it’s something that can’t wait or needs more than the Health Center can offer, a referral to an Urgent Care, Fast Track or Emergency Room may be recommended.

Part of the function of the Health Center is to help students manage their own health concerns and to become knowledgeable health care consumers. Learning what common illnesses and injuries are and what self care is appropriate enables students to get well faster and avoid costly ineffective remedies and unnecessary doctor visits. Smoking cessation, drug and alcohol education, and STI prevention are just some of the topics the Health Center teaches.

Preventative health care is extremely important. The old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” comes to mind. Wound care and infection prevention is a common issue. Preventing serious illness or injury will help students avoid pain and disruption of their college experience.

Health Services encourages all students to visit the Health Center for more information.

All information was complied and submitted by Linda Wallace, Director of Health Services and a registered nurse.

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