Overview of Health Services

CHANGES IN OPERATION DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:

The Student Health Center is not allowing walk-in appointments but typically, same-day appointments are available.  If you'd like to schedule an appointment, or if you have a question for the nurse or nurse practitioner, please call 410-337-6050 or email us at nurse@goucher.edu.

 

Good health means having a full measure of physical, emotional, and social vitality. Goucher College The Student Health Center offers services to support student's health and well-being, providing primary medical care throughout the academic year.

Location

The Goucher Student Health Center is located on the first floor of Heubeck Hall.

Hours of Operation

Winter Break Hours:

The Student Health Center closes for winter break on Friday, December 16 at 4:00 pm. 

The Student Health Center is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m, Monday through Friday when classes are in session.

Telephone

410-337-6050 
Fax: 410-337-6051

Services

Primary Care

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

Sexual Health Care 

Confidential testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases are available as is emergency contraception. Additionally, we offer comprehensive contraception options and confidential pregnancy testing to students.

Sensitive exams are performed with a chaperone. 

Student Health Center staff are committed to treating all of our students with respect and support their rights and autonomy.

We recognize and seek to meet the health care needs of all students, regardless of gender or sexual  orientation.

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 (sport, school) without the student health insurance is $40. 

Equipment

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

STD Testing

(*Please note, Star Track services are currently unavailable due to the Coronavirus)

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 throughout 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, Katie, at  katie.mcgrath-studniarz@goucher.edu for current pricing.  

Eligibility

All full time Goucher students, residential and commuting, may utilize the Student Health Center. Students 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 and third party charges from send out labs, etc.). 

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.

Student employees of the Student Health Center have no access to your medical record.

Medical Excuses

Health services are offered to students on a confidential basis. The staff does not issue medical excuses from academic obligations. The Student Health Center 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 Center. 

Students who miss class because of illness or other emergencies should contact their faculty by 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.

 

 

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.