Health and Wellness Center
The student Health & Wellness Center, located on the lower level of the Anderson Sports/Health Center, is under the direction of a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The staff also includes a Registered Nurse (RN) and an Administrative Assistant. As reflected in its name, the Center is dedicated to the health and wellness needs of our students here at Misericordia University. Our goal is to provide the best possible evidence-based health care in a manner which is competent, compassionate, confidential and timely, all within an atmosphere of mutual respect and responsibility without regard to race, gender, ethnic heritage, or sexual orientation. The Health & Wellness Center adheres to the principles and standards of ethical conduct endorsed by the American College Health Association: To do no harm, provide services in a caring manner, respect autonomy, protect privacy, maintain competence, promote justice, and respect diversity. Furthermore, the Center strives to be exemplars of the Sisters of Mercy’s charisms of mercy, service, justice and hospitality in every encounter we have with our patients.
The Health & Wellness Center provides our students with an assessment and treatment for common illnesses. Referrals for more serious health issues, health counseling and education, or needing the FNP or the RN to make a visit to a residence hall are all provided at no additional cost to our students. Faculty members, staff and visitors are advised to seek care from their primary care providers (PCP). In the event that a student should miss class due to illness, it is his/her responsibility to contact their professor and advise them of the situation. The Health & Wellness Center can issue a note stating that the student was indeed seen in the Center, but by no means does this qualify as an excuse. Furthermore, if a professor should desire, they may call the Center to confirm that a student was evaluated by the medical professional, but no information about the condition or treatment will be given. Students requiring hospitalization, or those afflicted with an acute or long term illness that requires several days in bed and restriction from class, will be advised by the Center’s Director to return to their homes until classes can be resumed. For the safety of all students, it is required that students diagnosed with a communicable disease (measles, chicken pox, etc.) be sent home. Permission to return to campus must be provided in writing from the student’s primary care provider.
Within the Health & Wellness Center is the Self Care & Resource room. This room is designed as a teaching model in order to encourage and empower our students to be proactive with their health care needs. This room contains a plethora of up-to-date educational materials in addition to basic over-the-counter (OTC) medications and supplies – all at no cost to our students. In addition, through a partnership with Cook’s Pharmacy of Shavertown, PA, the Health & Wellness Center keeps on hand a supply of commonly used prescriptions in order to provide convenient, point-of-care service for our students. There is a $10.00 charge for these items. In keeping with our Catholic values, the Health & Wellness Center does not distribute condoms or any other type of birth control.
All full-time students, regardless of their housing status, are required to submit annual health forms. Such forms include, but are not limited to, an annual physical by their primary care provider; verification of immunization including a meningitis booster after their 16th birthday and a current PPD; as well as proof of health insurance coverage. The University has chosen to utilize the services of Magnus Health for the collection of these forms. Students are required to pay a one-time fee of $25.00 which is paid directly to Magnus Health. As this is a web-based system, the student will have continuous access to their medical records as well as the ability to make updates when needed. Information regarding Magnus Health and how to access it will be provided at the one-day orientations which all students are required to attend. All current students are able access Magnus through the link provided on the Health & Wellness Center’s page on the campus portal.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the Center being closed daily from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch. If medical services are needed after hours students are advised to contact their Resident Assistant (RA) or Campus Safety.
Please contact the Health & Wellness Center at 570-674-6276 should you have any questions.