Health Services

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. appointments can be made online through the Medicat Portal or by calling the Health Center at 570-674-6276. 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. part-time students, faculty members, staff, and visitors will receive emergency care only and are advised to seek care from their primary care providers.


Incoming Students

The Health & Wellness Center uses Medicat for the collection of the required health forms.

As this is a web-based system, students will have continuous access to their medical record as well as the ability to make updates when needed. The system will send automatic reminders to assist with timely submission of annually required documents. Students will also have the option to take this electronic file with them once they've graduated. There will be a one-time usage fee of $25.00 that all incoming/first year students will be required to pay. All existing students will not incur this charge.

Once a student has their credentials they will have access to the internal portal and thus have access to Medicat EHR.

Required documentation must be submitted Medicat no later than August 1. Such documentation includes, but is not limited to:

-physical examination by their primary care provider (PCP) (within 365 days);

-verification of childhood immunizations including a meningitis booster after their 16th birthday and a current PPD (within 365 days);

-proof of current health insurance coverage.

These forms are a requirement for all full-time students regardless of their housing status. Timely submission of documents is vital so that preparations can be made in time for the first day of class as well as to ensure that the registration and housing process is not delayed.

Class Absence due to Illness

In the event that a student should miss a 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 excused absence from class.

Hours

Health Center Hours

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(Closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00)

Appointments are recommended but not necessary.


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.

Temporary stickers will be issued for a maximum of 4 weeks and are not renewable. If a 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.

Eligibility for Services

All full-time students registered with Medicat EHR (Electronic Health Record), can access the Health Center and make an appointment to be seen by the Nurse Practitioner.

All part-time and graduate students can receive medical care at the Health Center if they register with Medicat and complete the electronic forms found on their Medicat Portal.

Campus visitors will receive emergency care only.

Health Insurance

The following students are required to carry health insurance:

All full time students

All resident students

All Health Science & Physician Assistant students

(Regardless of their housing status)

All student athletes

(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. Failure to do so could affect a student's housing eligibility.

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:

HighMark

United Health Care

Tricare

Geisinger


Our local hospitals are Commonwealth Health Hospital and Geisinger Hospital.

The labs used by the Health Center include LabCorp., Quest,

Commonwealth Health (CHS) and Geisinger.


TB/PPD Testing

TB/PPD testing available at the Health & Wellness Center: Appointment is advised.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that is spread through the air from one person to another. Tuberculin skin test: The TB skin test (also called the Mantoux tuberculin skin test) is performed by injecting a small amount of fluid (called tuberculin) into the skin in the lower part of the arm. A person given the tuberculin skin test must return within 48 to 72 hours to have a trained health care worker look for a reaction on the arm.
Click here to visit the CDC website for more information.


Flu Vaccinations

Flu Vaccinations: Appointment advised

Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications. Optimally, vaccination should occur before onset of influenza activity in the community. Health care providers should offer vaccination by October, if possible. Vaccination should continue to be offered as long as influenza viruses are circulating.
Click here to view the CDC website for more information.



Know the symptoms - COLD vs FLU

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 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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Staff

Director/Nurse Practitioner:

Dr. Sandra J. Federo DNP, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner:

Catherine Champi CRNP-MSN

Registered Nurse

Lesley Dieffenbacher RN

Administrative Assistant:

Keera Tabor

Health Center Requirements for all Students

NEW and TRANSFER STUDENTS

All full time new and transfer students entering Misericordia University are required to register with Medicat EHR. (Electronic Health Record)

There will be a one-time fee of $25.00 to register. Payable by Visa, Mastercard or Discover only.


Once you have registered you will receive access to your Medicat EHR account.

It is very important that you complete all the required documents.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY PAPERS TO THE HEALTH

YOU MUST COMPLETE ELECTRONIC FORMS AND UPLOAD ALL OTHER FORMS INTO YOUR MEDICAT PORTAL


Requirements for All Full Time Undergraduate Students

Regardless of Housing Status

  • Completion of Health History (Completed by the student on-line)
  • Physical Examination: to be completed within 365 days of starting school (one time requirement, if a non-athlete)
  • Immunization Dates: Fill in the dates on the on-line immunization form then upload the immunization record signed by your physician, for verification. In addition to the normal childhood vaccinations, you will need proof of 2 Meningitis vaccinations (One between ages 11-15 and one after your 16th birthday) and a Tuberculin Skin test (within the past 365 days). If you need a TB test they are offered at the Health Center.
  • 911 form (Completed by student on-line)
  • Health & Wellness Center Authorization form (Completed by student on-line, if you are under 18 years of age print and have parent signature, upload.)
  • Copy of Insurance Card

**PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY FORMS TO THE HEALTH CENTER**

YOU MUST UPLOAD ALL FORMS.


ATHLETES

If you will participate in NCAA intercollegiate athletics, the following forms are required and must be completed in addition to the above forms:

Athletes have additional requirements to meet NCAA guidelines:

  • Physical examination (Must be within 6 months of date of first practice or competition)
  • Sickle Cell Trait-one time only (send to athletic department)

All student-athletes must do one of the following:

  1. Provide proof of prior test results
  2. Be tested for sickle cell trait by their personal primary care physician and provide the test results
  3. Sign a waiver declining confirmation of sickle cell trait status and receive education on the implications of signing such a waiver.
  • Athletic Authorization Form -To Permit Use and Disclosure of Health Information. (Each athlete must complete the form. If you are under 18 years of age print and have parent signature, and send to athletic department.)


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