The Student Health Center staff provides limited medical care to students for acute illnesses and minor injuries Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 4 PM. No appointment is necessary for the initial visit however an appointment is recommended for follow-up visits.
Most services rendered at the Student Health Center are free, unless there are costs associated with vaccines. The Student Health Center is available to students from August until May; it is closed during the summer.
The telephone number for the Student Health Center is 304-788-6913.
Students should call 911 for medical emergencies.
Students who become sick or injured when the Health Center is closed are advised to seek medical attention from their primary care provider or at Potomac Valley Hospital Emergency Department 304-597-3580.
Notes: Due to liability reasons College personnel are not permitted to transport students to off campus appointments or to the hospital. The staff will work with you to make arrangements to get you where you need to be, whether it is by ambulance, friend, family or taxi.
Students are encouraged to discuss any absences from class with instructors; Health Center staff are not permitted to provide medical excuses for absences from class.
Cherise Southerly, RN, BSN--College Nurse
A. Saweikis, M.D. -- Medical Director
Diana Niland, APRN FNP-C Nurse Practitioner
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Potomac State College students are not required to have health insurance however we strongly encourage it.
Protection against medical expenses that may be incurred as a result of illness or accident while in college is the student’s responsibility. Students are responsible for paying all medical costs incurred at off-campus medical facilities.
All students, including international students, are encouraged to establish a health insurance carrier before arriving on campus.
Student-athletes are responsible for their own medical insurance coverage for injuries incurred during athletic participation. The state’s insurance policy is a secondary plan. Any remaining balances after the primary and secondary plans have been applied are the sole responsibility of the student-athlete.
What are my health insurance options if I don’t have health insurance? Check with your parents to see if you may be covered under their insurance plan – most children are eligible to be covered under a parent’s health insurance plan until age 26. Or, you can check out other options on the healthinsurance exchange at healthcare.gov.
Medicaid is only accepted by health care facilities in the issuing state.
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Your Rights include:
- The right to humane care and treatment. You will be treated with respect, consideration and dignity. You can expect that your personal convictions and beliefs will be taken into account when you seek help and that convictions of the provider will not adversely affect your right to rational and appropriate care.
- The right to accurate information, to the extent known, concerning diagnosis of an illness or health-related condition. This will include appropriate alternatives to care when requested.
- The right to participate in decisions which are made regarding your health care and treatment.
- The right to know who is counseling, caring for or treating you. The practitioner's name and professional qualifications should be visible or stated upon introduction.
- The right to information regarding the scope and availability of services. This information should be available to you in written form.
- The right to information regarding fees for service, particularly notification as to what services may involve additional charges.
- The right to confidentiality of your records.
- The right to be informed of any research aspects of your care and the right to refuse to participate. Such refusal will not jeopardize your access to medical treatment.
Your Responsibilities Include:
- Providing full information about your illness or problem to allow proper evaluation and treatment.
- Asking sufficient questions to ensure appropriate comprehension of your illness or problem, as well as the health professional's recommendations for continuing care. If you find the care or course of treatment unacceptable for any reason, it should be discussed with staff of the Health Service or at a Health Service Advisory meeting.
- Showing courtesy and respect to health care personnel and other patients.
- Not lending your personal identification to others. It may lead to entries in the wrong medical chart or errors in treatment.
- Canceling or rescheduling as soon as possible an appointment you are unable to keep so the appointment may be given to someone else.
- Not giving medication prescribed for you to others.
- Communicating with your health care provider if your condition worsens or does not follow the expected course.
- Providing proof of student status.