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 Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, 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 charisms of mercy, service, justice and hospitality in every encounter we have with our patients.

The Health & Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art facility which provides our students with advanced assessment and treatment for common illnesses. Referrals for more serious health issues, health counseling and education, maintenance of health records, 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 there is a newly renovated 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. If, however, a student has a prescription plan and receives their medications at a reduced cost, the FNP would be more than happy to phone in the necessary prescription to one of our local pharmacies.

The Health & Wellness Center requires a medical history, a physical examination, and immunization record to be completed and submitted by all incoming students – including transfer and commuter students, prior to the start of the student’s first semester of attendance. In addition, according to Pennsylvania law, all resident students need to have received meningitis, hepatitis B, PPD, and two MMR vaccines prior to beginning their university career. Students enrolled in the College of Health Sciences may have additional yearly requirements as mandated by their respective departments. All full-time students are required to provide proof of membership in their parent’s health insurance plan. If necessary, information about a Student Health Insurance plan is available in the Vice President Student Affairs Office by calling 570-674-6238.

In keeping with our Catholic values, the Health & Wellness Center does not distribute condoms or any other type of birth control. Moreover, the optional Student Health Insurance policy does not cover birth control prescriptions or abortion procedures.

Upon graduation, student health records are moved into storage and kept for a period of three years. We strongly recommend that students keep their own copies of their health records but should a former student need a copy of their health record they would need to make their request known in writing. Their request needs to include their name, social security number, and the specific information they are requesting along with the mailing address they wish the information be sent.

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; however, we do close from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch. If medical services are needed after hours, the student should contact their Resident Assistant (RA) who will, if necessary, notify the Director of the Center of the issue.

Please contact the Health & Wellness Center at 570-674-6276 should you have any questions.