The Student Health Center is excited about welcoming students back to campus this Fall. As part of our ongoing commitment to providing the best available healthcare, in the safest setting, we have implemented a number of strategies to facilitate flow and better accommodate patients while being mindful of state and CDC guidelines.
We expect that COVID testing will be a significant feature of patient visits this Fall. We are working diligently to ascertain that we have adequate and state-of-the-art testing available as appropriate.
All appointments will be scheduled, there will be no walk-in visits during the fall semester with the exception of acute trauma which will be triaged accordingly. Whenever possible, telephonic appointments will be utilized to effectively treat those who need not be seen physically. The nature of the complaint and patient preference will be the determining factors when considering telemedicine.
As individuals enter the Integrative Wellness Center, regardless of the purpose of their visit, they will be met by a staff member who will assure that all are masked and their temperature will be taken via infra-red thermometer. Patients with elevated temperatures will be appropriately triaged or informed of the best course of action.
Once inside the Health Center, patients will be met with a newly configured lobby that provides for both a well and sick side. the seating has been modified to maintain 6 foot distancing, and slightly longer patient visits will assure that the wait time is minimal before a patient is brought into an exam or treatment room.
A plexi-glass wall will separate employees from arriving patients and billing will not be addressed during the visit, thereby limiting the time and number of student-employee interactions.
Both the Pharmacy and the Laboratory have adopted policies to assure appropriate patient spacing and limited wait times for service.
We will be conducting a mandatory in-service for all Student Health Center staff educating all on proper use of PPE. Our nursing staff has acquired adequate supplies for our immediate needs and will continue to follow inventory to assure our supply remains adequate.
Finally, now more than ever, education will be at the heart of every patient encounter. We will partner with patients to make sure that each of us is doing their part to maintain the safest campus community possible.
Located in the McLeod Tyler Wellness Center, the Student Health Center provides a full-range of primary care services including the evaluation, treatment and prevention of all kinds of acute or chronic physical, mental and social health issues. All full-time students with a completed Health Evaluation Form are eligible to receive care at the Student Health Center.