Joshua Dunk

 

jkdunk@txwes.edu

 

As the school year progresses, health is becoming more and more of an issue for students and faculty. Staff at Wesleyan’s Health Services said maintaining a student’s health is critical to academic success. To promote a positive and balanced lifestyle, the Health Services Center in the club house of the West Village apartments on campus maintains nurse-directed services to both residential and commuter students at no additional cost.

 

Paige Cook, coordinator of health services, said all students are welcome to visit the center.

 

Although Wesleyan does not provide health insurance, the center has partnered with Academic Health Plans, a local company that has provided Wesleyan’s student insurance needs for more than 10 years. Cook said the owners are Wesleyan alumni and are dedicated to providing excellent customer services to Wesleyan students. They provide affordable annual and biannual rates.

 

A lot of students who don’t have insurance like to come here just to find out a little bit more information about what’s wrong with them,” Cook said. “If they have a fever, do they need to go see a doctor now, just take over the counter medicine, or try to hold out a couple of days?”

English major Christopher Ryan Smith said he was thrilled to hear about what the center had to offer.

 

“As a college student, I don’t have money to be giving out, and unfortunately health insurance isn’t on top of my list of things to get,” Smith said. “I am paying to come here; I might as well use everything they have to offer me.”

 

Cook is currently the residing nurse on call from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

 

Cook said from 2002 to 2010 the Health Services was opened for 15 hours a week in the Sid Richardson building. The hours have been extended to 30 hours per week to better help assist in the needs of the students. A minimal fee may be included with some immunizations and services.

 

Health Services offers: nurse assessments, health counseling, over-the-counter medication, assistance with insurance, low cost flu vaccines, TB tests, screening for blood pressure, minor first aid, 24-hour emergency pager, annual flu clinic, vital signs, assistance with insurance and referrals. Cook has referred many of her patients to Health 4U Clinic.

 

The clinic is geared toward women’s needs such as

breast exams, pelvic exams and pap smears, but men are also encouraged to visit.

Registered nurse April A. Tolbert owns Health 4U Clinic.

 

“We offer a knowledgeable staff, safe and proven procedures, and the latest in medical technology,” Tolbert said.

 

She has more than 17 years of combined advanced practice and clinical registered nursing experience.

 

Her experience in women’s health nursing includes routine obstetrical and gynecological care, as well as inpatient labor and delivery and post partum care.

 

For more information on Texas Wesleyan Health Services, call 817-531-4948.

 

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