Overview of Health Services

Welcome to the Student Health Services website. Good health means having a full measure of physical, emotional, and social vitality. Goucher College Student Health Services (SHS) is organized to assist you in maintaining healthful well-being. To do so, we provide medical and emergency care throughout the academic year. In addition, we offer comprehensive educational services to maintain or improve your health

Location

The Goucher Student Health Center is an outpatient facility located in Heubeck Hall.

Hours of Operation

Student Health Services is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m, Monday through Friday and is closed on the weekends. Services will be available to students beginning on opening day in August through May 31st when the college is open.

Telephone

410-337-6050 
Fax: 410-337-6051

Services

Primary Care

Acute or chronic general medical services are provided by our nurse practitioners. Consultations with, and referral to, appropriate specialists are available as needed.

Sexual Health Care for Men and Women

Confidential testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases is provided. Literature, programs and counseling are available. Testing for HIV is provided throughout the year. Hepatitis B vaccine is available.

Student Health Services makes available emergency contraception, provides comprehensive contraception options and confidential pregnancy testing to women students.

LGBTQIA health care concerns, as with all individual visits to the health center, are treated with confidential sensitivity and respect.

Physical Exams (sports, travel, school)

Physical exams can be scheduled with the Student Health Center nurse practitioners, and are covered by the Student Health Insurance.  The cost of any elective physical without the student health isurance is $50. 

Equipment

Certain medical equipment is available such as crutches, ace bandages, and ice packs at a reasonable cost. The student health center now has a wheelchair and two knee scooters availabe to rent (for students only). 

Acupuncture

The Student Health Center offers  acupuncture as an effective, safe, and natural form of health care. Acupuncture can help with stress, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, depression, allergies, menstrual cramps, addictions, weight loss, neck and back problems, and other aches and pains. $65/session, covered fully by our United Health Student Resources plan (for students with the schools health insurance). Students can make their appointment with Sharon Jennings- Rojas, our contracted acupuncturist, by emailing sharon@chakramooninc.com

Massage

Goucher College Student Health Center now has a massage/physical therapy studio. Our contracted LMT, Barbara Bailey, provides 60 minute therapeutic massages, by appointment only. We have a no tipping policy.  $60/60 minute massage,  covered fully by our United Health Student Resources plan (for students with the schools health insurance). Call our office to schedule an appointment. 

Physical Therapy

The student health center hosts a physical therapist on Wednesdays, who is available to see any students, faculty, or staff at Goucher College (who are not in-season athletes) for their physical therapy needs. All billing is through private insurance. Please contact Dan at dan@ImpactSportsPT.com to book an appointment. 

STD Testing

The Student Health Center partners with Star Track (http://startrackhealth.org/) from the University of Maryland to provide monthly free STD screenings (Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, HIV) for Goucher college students in the Student Health Center.  These screenings are processed without insurance involvement.  

General STD testing is available by appointment throught the school year. We send these lab tests to Labcorp or Sunrise labs, and they will bill your insurance directly. If you have a high deductible insurance plan, or prefer not to go through insurances, you can pay us directly on a fee for test basis. Contact our Registered Nurse, Jennifer, at  jennifer.abell@goucher.edu for current pricing.  

Eligibility

All full time Goucher students, residential and commuting, may utilize the Student Health Center. Students may have unlimited office visits (sick visits) at no cost. 

Fees

For students who carry the school sponsored health insurance plan, there is no fee for any service offered at the health center (exception, over-the-counter medication purchases). 

For all other students, because we are not able to bill your private insurance, there may be some minor costs incurred during the course of your visit (i.e, strep tests $15, penicillin, $10, etc.) There is no fee for the visit itself, unless the visit is an elective well physical. 

Prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals are dispensed at low cost to the students.

Payment may be made at the time of service by cash, check or student One Card.

Statement of Confidentiality

Patient confidentiality is important to us as well as to you. Your medical records will be seen only by those involved in providing care for you. Except in life-threatening situations, no information will be released without your oral/written permission.

You, the student, are our client. Information we receive in the Student Health Center will not be released to your parents or other offices on the Goucher campus without your written consent.

Any student employee of the Student Health Center would have no access to your medical records or information, as their role is strictly in back-of-house support and public health initiatives.

 

Medical Excuses

Health and Counseling services are offered to students on a confidential basis. The staff does not issue medical excuses from academic obligations. Course requirements and attendance are academic matters between the student and the faculty. The responsibility for class attendance and performance rests primarily with the student. The Student Health and Counseling staff do not excuse students from classes or academic work. If a student authorizes it, the staff will verify that a student has been treated at the Student Health and Counseling Service. Students may sign an authorization form at the time of the visit which allows faculty members to verify that the student was seen at the Health and Counseling Service.

Students who miss class because of illness or other emergencies should contact their faculty by telephone or e-mail as soon as possible to make the necessary arrangements to complete missed assignments. Faculty members who wish to verify that a student was treated at the Student Health Center may contact the health service staff.

In the event of a serious illness or injury requiring hospitalization or extended absence from classes the Dean of Students should be notified. The Dean's office will assist the student or their family in notifying the faculty.

Patient's Rights & Responsibilities

As a patient of Goucher College Student Health Services, you have choices, rights, and responsibilities.

You Have the Right:

  • To be treated with dignity and respect.
  • To know the names and professional status of people serving you.
  • To privacy.
  • To confidentiality.
  • To receive accurate information about your health related concerns.
  • To know the effectiveness, possible side effects, and problems of all forms of treatment.
  • To participate in choosing a form of treatment.
  • To receive education and counseling.
  • To consent to, or refuse, care and/or treatment.
  • To select and/or change your health care provider.
  • To review your medical records with a clinician.
  • To information about services and related costs.

You Have the Responsibility:

  • To seek medical attention promptly.
  • To be honest about your medical history.
  • To ask about anything you do not understand.
  • To follow health advice and medical instruction.
  • To report any significant changes in symptoms or failure to improve.
  • To respect clinic policies.
  • To keep appointments or cancel in advance.
  • To seek non-emergency care during regular hours.
  • To provide useful feedback about services and policies.
  • To pay any charges billed to you.

When you have questions....ASK!!
When you have a problem......SPEAK UP!!
When you are satisfied........COMPLIMENT!!

Admission Requirements

In order to provide the best possible medical care to our students, we require the completion of medical forms on the https://goucher.medicatconnect.com website. 

The physical examination may be completed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant of your choice. If the medical history is completed before the physical examination and shared with the provider, the healthcare provider will be better able to evaluate any condition that could affect individuals' overall health care needs.

The Goucher College immunization requirement follows the guidelines set by the American College Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control. Since immunization requirements may vary from state to state; we recommend that your health care provider review our form carefully, assess your current status, and update immunizations as necessary to fulfill our requirements.

The State of Maryland requires undergraduate students living in residence halls to receive meningitis vaccine or sign a waiver that the individual has received and reviewed the information and has chosen not to be vaccinated.

All incoming students must complete and return these forms to Student Health Services at least two weeks before arriving on campus. Students who fail to return their forms, or who are not in compliance with our immunization requirement, will not be allowed to register or receive their room keys.

These forms are only completed the first year of admission to Goucher College.

Health insurance information must be provided at the beginning of each school year. If the student health insurance offered by the college is waived, the student must provide proof of coverage by another insurance company. The students should carry an insurance card or copy of one in their wallet.

In certain instances, the college may require emergency medical or mental health evaluation of a student. If you choose to waive the Goucher insurance you should be certain that your policy will provide coverage at St. Joseph's or Greater Baltimore Medical Center in an emergency.

Policy on Immunizations

Goucher College has developed the following pre-entrance immunization requirements, based on recommendations of the American College Health Association, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Center for Disease Control and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The student's immunization form is due prior to registration. Read more.