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|STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES|
Student Health Services (SHS) is a nurse-directed clinic. Our medical director is an off-campus medical physician. Treatment in SHS is limited to acute, ambulatory care only. We are not set up or staffed in a manner that can facilitate chronic, long-term illnesses.
Our facility is open on weekdays only, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The clinic is closed in the evenings and on weekends with no on-call staff. Physicians are on campus only two hours weekly (on Wednesday afternoon). There are no provisions for overnight care of sick students, or isolation of students with communicable diseases. Students requiring these services will be encouraged to return home for the duration of their illnesses. Assistance in making necessary arrangements will be offered if home care is not an option.
Other nearby healthcare facilities are Floyd Medical Center, located within 3 blocks, Urgent Care is across the street from the university, Harbin Clinic and Redmond Medical Center are within a 10 minute drive from Shorter University. A listing of other healthcare facilities is available in Room 219A, Fitton Student Union.
Shorter University Student Health Services follows HIPAA guidelines. The HIPAA guidelines are on pages 3 and 4 of the Certificate of Immunization and Health History form that all incoming new students must complete and sign. There are copies available in the clinic as well. To insure confidentiality of health records, a student’s written consent is required before releasing information.
Here is a list of local and national drug and alcohol prevention programs. Although Counseling Services does not provide treatment services for alcohol and drug use/abuse, the Director of Student Support Services will meet with students seeking such treatment for a brief time to provide support, assess the students’ needs, and assist them with referrals to off-campus resources.
Flu season lasts through the fall and winter months. More than one kind of flu viruses can spread in a flu season. Should a flu outbreak occur on campus, a team of Shorter University personnel, including top administrators, health and safety personnel, and faculty representatives will plan for appropriate responses.
Flu vaccines will be available at the annual Health Fair in the fall semester.
Student Health Services
Fall Semester 2013 Physician Visits
August 21, 28
Spring Semester 2014 Physician Visits
January 8, 15, 22, 29
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NOTE to nursing majors: Shorter University’s School of Nursing requires the Hepatitis B series, tuberculosis (annual Mantoux skin test) and varicella vaccine for admittance to the BSN program.
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In addition, proof of insurance for students is necessary or your registration will be considered incomplete. Proof of insurance should be sent with the Health and Immunization form to:
Domestic Student Insurance
Domestic students who want to enroll in an individual plan policy, click here - http://www.humana.com/individual_insurance/insurance_products/humanaone_medical_plans.aspx
Athletic insurance is being reviewed for the 2013 - 2014 academic year and new information will be posted as soon as a decision has been reached concerning coverage. Thank you for your patience.
Our goal is for all international students to receive proper medical care while studying in our country. Due to the uncertainty of acceptability of international insurance in the United States' healthcare system, all international students are required to have the international medical insurance provided through Shorter University. Mrs. Linda Palumbo Olszanski, Assistant Vice President of International Programs, assists the international students with their enrollment in the insurance plan. Her telephone number is 706-233-7409. Or contact, Mary Lou Romero, Administrative Assistant for International Programs at 706-233-7409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
International students' insurance is being reviewed for the 2013 - 2014 academic year and new information will be posted as soon as a decision has been reached concerning coverage. Thank you for your patience.
Wellness Education comes in various forms. It can be in lecture form before a classroom or a one-on-one conversation with a student in the clinic. Printed materials on men's and women's health, acute illnesses, sports wellness and physical fitness are available to the students. In addition, Student Health Services provides information on smoking cessation, drug use and abuse, nutrition, exercise and other health promotion/maintenance issues.
There is no charge for a visit to the campus nurse or the self-care area of the clinic. There is a $10 charge to see the physician in addition to a $10 charge for certain screenings (strep, urinalysis, pregnancy, HBG, mono, blood glucose, PPD). These charges are billed to your campus account or may be paid directly to Student Health Services. Tetanus vaccine is available for emergency use in the clinic and influenza vaccines are available October through December or until the supply is exhausted.
Screenings include - strep, urinalysis, mononucleosis, pregnancy, HBG, blood glucose, PPD, hearing and body composition using the Tannita Body Mass Analyzer.
Certain annual, pre-employment, and school non-athletic physicals are available in the Student Health Services by appointment only as campus physicians’ schedule allows.
Shorter University Student-Athletes:
Each student-athlete is required to have a physical examination by the sports medicine staff and a physician chosen by the head trainer prior to any participation in any intercollegiate sport. The final decision of physical qualifications or reason for rejection is the responsibility of the team physician. The team physician also makes the decision on when an athlete may return to competition after a previous injury.
Vaccines available through Student Health Services are tetanus and influenza. PPD (tuberculosis screening) is available and recommended for international students and any students returning from study abroad and missions in countries where tuberculosis is still prevalent (see www.cdc.gov). Other immunizations can be received at Floyd County Health Department and Harbin Clinic’s Department of Infectious Diseases.
Campus physicians (one faculty physician and one resident physician) from Floyd Medical Residency Program are in Student Health Services each Wednesday afternoon (2 p.m. - 4 p.m.) when classes are in session, except the months of May, June and July. All medical diagnoses, prescriptions, and orders for off-campus diagnostic tests such as blood tests, x-rays, and MRIs are through the campus physicians. There are many pharmacies in our area including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreen’s, Walmart and several privately owned pharmacies. Healthcare personnel can assist students in locating an appropriate pharmacy for their needs.
Appointments are not necessary except for potentially lengthy physical exams with the doctor such as a pre-employment exam. All emergency cases are treated first. Upon assessment, if a situation requires a physician, healthcare personnel will refer the student to the campus physician or to an outside medical facility, if a campus physician is not available. In an emergency situation when campus physicians are not on campus, healthcare personnel will refer the student to a local emergency room or an appropriate medical facility. Healthcare personnel will help an ill or injured student arrange transportation to a medical facility.
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Shorter University has a strict no alcohol and other drugs policy. MyStudentBody.com is one preventive program that Shorter University uses to help our students understand the risks involved with alcohol and other drugs.
MyStudentBody is a complete alcohol, drugs, and student wellness program for colleges and universities. It is used by leading public and private universities across the nation. MyStudentBody also serves as a general wellness resource addressing tobacco use, nutrition, stress, with motivational self-assessments.
Shorter University is dedicated to providing and promoting a healthy and productive working and learning environment for its faculty, staff, students, visitors, contractors, vendors and guests. The Tobacco-Free Policy, effective June 1, 2012, is consistent with that goal. The Policy is the result of many discussions within The President’s Council, the Wellness Committee, and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Coalition. By endorsing this policy, Shorter University demonstrates its commitment to eliminating environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure, reduce harm from tobacco use and secondhand smoke, reduce health insurance and health care costs, promote best healthcare practices and choices for individuals, and establishing a university culture of wellness.
As of January 1, 2004, Georgia Law requires all college students living in campus housing to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease or sign a waiver stating they have received information about the disease and have elected not to be immunized.
In order to ensure that students in Georgia are planning to attend college are vaccinated in accordance with state legislation, Student Health Services sponsors an immunization clinic which includes meningococcal vaccine on campus during the Immunization Clinic in the fall semester. Students can receive the vaccine at Harbin Clinic, Infectious Disease control Clinic, 1825 Martha Berry Blvd., 706-295-5331, from their personal, or from the physician of their choice.
* Meningococcal disease is a serious disease that can lead to death within only a few hours of onset; one in ten cases is fatal; and one in seven survivors of the disease is left with a severe disability, such as the loss of a limb, mental retardation, paralysis, deafness, or seizures;
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