Student Health Services
Welcome to the Health & Wellness Center
A Healthier You Begins at MU!
The Health & Wellness Center is under the direction of a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Our staff is dedicated to the health and wellness needs of our students with our goal being 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 Nurse Practitioner treats acute and chronic medical conditions. All full-time undergraduates (those students registered for 12 or more credit hours) and all full-time graduate students (those students registered for eight or more hours) are eligible to use the Health Center if enrolled in Medicat.
The Student Health Center provides care for acute episodic illnesses or injuries common to healthy college students.
Services provided include but not limited to:
- Physical Exams
- Well Visits
- Sick Visits
- First Aid for minor injuries
- Allergy Injections
- Ear irrigation for cerumen impaction
- Intravenous fluids (IV) for dehydration
- STD Testing
The Health Center also offers the following testing:
- Venipuncture (lab & titers)
- Blood Glucose
Immunizations available at the Health Center:
- Flu Vaccinations
- Hepatitis B
- Men B
- We do offer a STD Clinic monthly through Caring Communities: This service is free and confidential (Gonorrhea & Chlamydia testing). Contact the Health Center for dates.
Handicap Parking Permit
If medically necessary, the Health & Wellness Center can approve the need for a temporary handicap parking sticker. The student must bring a note from their primary care provider (PCP) stating the medical reason as to why a handicap parking sticker is warranted. Upon approval by the Center's Director, the student will then be sent to Campus Safety where the temporary parking sticker will be issued for a maximum of 4 weeks. If longer duration is necessary the student will need to go through their PCP who will make a request to the state, on the students behalf, for a permanent handicap parking permit
Self Care Room & Medications
Within the Health & Wellness Center there 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 Pharmedix and several local Pharmacies, the Health Center keeps a supply of commonly used prescriptions in the clinic in order to provide convenient, prompt treatment for our students. There is a $10.00-$15.00 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**
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COVID-19 Protocols and Latest Updates
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Misericordia University has taken steps to protect the health of our students, staff, faculty and community. The Cougar Care team is carefully monitoring health conditions on campus, locally and in our region.
All students are required to carry health insurance regardless of their housing status.
A front & back copy of their current insurance card must be uploaded in Medicat and updated on a yearly basis.
Misericordia University will be providing student health insurance. Students will be required to opt OUT of Misericordia's health plan if they are already insured.
Please review your health insurance coverage and be sure you are covered while at school in Dallas PA, specifically Misericordia Health & Wellness Center. If your insurance does not cover you while at school you may want to consider the schools health insurance plan since the plan has a very low deductible and will cover you while at school. (Some local or out of state insurance companies may not cover your child in Dallas Pennsylvania.)
Insurances we are credentialed with are:
- Blue Cross Premier
- Blue Cross Federal Plan
- Geisinger HMO
- United Health Care
All insurance plans vary. It is the patients responsibility to know whether or not they need to obtain a referral or preauthorization for a visit. Patient will be responsible for any payments not covered by the insurance.
Meet our Staff
Dr. Kathryn Gussman, MD
Dr. Sandra J. Federo DNP, FNP-BC
Jennifer Vallach, MSN, RN
The Health Center is located in the lower level of the Anderson Sports Center. We have an outside entrance (pictured) as well as an entrance from the inside of the Anderson Center.
Please call (570) 674-6276 if you have any questions.