Overview of Health Services

CHANGES IN OPERATION DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:

If you have a question for the nurse or nurse practitioner during the Coronovirus Closure, please email us at nurse@goucher.edu

Available now to undergraduate students:  

Healthiest You: 24/7 Doctor Access

www.telehealth4students.com

As a Goucher student you qualify for visits with a board certified doctor via the Healthiest You platform.  These visits are fully covered for students with the school sponsered health insurance (United Health Student Resources) and are $40 per visit for all others. 

 

Please do everything you can to prevent the spread of illness, by 

Social distancing

-Avoid crowds and limit travel to only what is necessary. Do not go on a cruise.

-Attempt to keep space between yourself and others (6 feet is ideal).

-Consider forming a closed "pod" or "bubble" of persons that you can have close contact with, but that do not interact closely outside that group. Ideally, this is a group of <4 people. 

-Avoid hospitals, nursing homes, urgent care centers and other areas where people congregate when ill. If you must visit these places for your own health or other valid reasons, protect yourself and others by following instructions and protocols set by those institutions. Whenever possible, look for and utilize Tele-medicine options, or call your primary care doctor for medical advice. Stay home as much as possible to reduce your risk of being exposed.

Mask Wearing

Wear a mask anywhere that you may be indoors with others not you do not live with, or in any scenerio when you cannot maintain appropriate physical distance.

- Mask use can offer some protection for you, but is primarily helpful at preventing YOU from spreading illness if you have the virus (remember, you might not have symptoms and can be contagious without knowing it).

-Cloth and disposable masks are both good, but look for a mask with a that fits closely rather than one that is loose, and avoid masks with valves as they allow unfiltered air to escape which defeats the purpose of protection of others.

 

Hygiene

-Look for opportunities to wash your hands with soap and water, and do so thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds). When you do not have an opportunity to wash your hands but have used a “high touch” item (hand railing, doorknob, grocery cart, elevator button, ATM, etc.) use hand sanitizer.

-Clean high touch surfaces frequently. See this list of approved cleaning agents: https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf

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

Location

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

Hours of Operation

The Student Health Center 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 and chronic general medical services are provided by our nurse practitioners. Consultations with and referral to, appropriate specialists are available as needed.

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 isurance is $40. 

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). 

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