Student Health Services

 

Contact Parsons Center for Student
Health and Counseling

On Campus:
309 College Street, Sutcliffe Hall

Telephone:
859.238.5530

Fax:
859.238.5380

Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
7:30 a.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch) open from 1 to 4 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m. to Noon – Parsons is closed on Thursday afternoons for physical health care, but open for Counseling Services

Parsons functions as a walk-in clinic for medical issues ranging from minor to chronic illnesses. No appointments needed. Evaluations by staff are free of charge.

Centre students have access to variety of health and wellness services.

Allergy Shots

Allergy shots are administered free of charge to Centre students and employees. Patient must have been to an allergist and have the appropriate paperwork for a third party to administer the allergy shot. Allergy shots can only be administered when the physician or physician assistant are available. The patient must be observed for approximately 30 minutes after the shot before leaving Parsons. Allergy shots are administered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday from 8 to 11:30 a.m., and each afternoon from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Closed on Thursday afternoons.

Tests and Medications

In-clinic lab tests and medications made available through Parsons Student Health can be paid for at the time of service or can be billed to your student account. If labs or diagnostic imagining at the local hospital is needed, those charges will be billed to the provided insurance or a statement will be mailed to your home address.

Immunizations

Immunizations available to current students during our regular clinic hours including Flu, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningitis, TD and Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria), and HPV. For travel immunizations see Travel Clinic below. To request records of your immunizations email marsha.edelen@centre.edu with your name, date of birth, graduation year, and an email address to send the requested records. Student records are maintained in Parsons for 10 years after graduation.

Laboratory and X-rays

Are available at the local hospital, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. Charges will be billed to your insurance company or your home address.

Mental Health Issues

Centre’s Counseling Services are located in the Parsons Student Health Center (Sutcliffe Hall). The Director of Counseling can be reached at 859.238.5530 or email counseling@centre.edu.

Referral Service

Names and phone numbers of local physicians and specialists are available upon request. If you need to be seen by a specialist, Parsons staff can make this referral however some insurance companies require referrals from an in-network primary care provider.

Self-Help Center

Over-the-counter cold, pain, allergy, cramp, and indigestion medications are available without having to see the nurse.

Travel Clinic

Centre students planning to participate in a study abroad experience are required to attend a “Study Abroad MD Presentation” before their departure.

Students studying abroad in the summer or fall will attend the Spring semester presentation; students studying abroad during CentreTerm or spring will attend the Fall semester presentation. The dates of the two yearly MD presentations will be announced well before the events take place.

At this meeting, the Parsons Student Health Center staff, primarily Dr. Brian Ellis and Dr. Jonathan Clark, will present up-to-date information outlining recommendations and/or requirements for each trip. Information specific to each destination will be given to students at the presentation. Students will be instructed on how and when to schedule an appointment to receive vaccinations and prescriptions through Parsons Student Health Center. Students studying abroad are required to pay the $20 professional consult fee; those wishing to receive vaccinations or medications at Parsons should see the list below for fees and additional services.

If a student misses the mandatory Study Abroad MD presentation, he or she will not be eligible to receive travel vaccines or prescriptions at Parsons Student Health Center and is required to seek travel medicine advice on his or her own. Students with legitimate excuses for missing the presentation must notify their trip leader of those excuses; only trip leaders can excuse students from the MD presentation. Students who receive the educational material and vaccines elsewhere must show proof to the trip leader, who will notify the Center for Global Citizenship.

ANY student who misses the MD Presentation, excused or not, MUST sign a waiver (available in the Center for Global Citizenship) explaining that the student missed the mandatory presentation and was given information about where to go to receive medical travel information and vaccines needed for the trip. The student’s parents must also sign the waiver, which will be kept in the Center for Global Citizenship.

Any student who does not attend the Study Abroad MD Presentation and does not sign the waiver will not be allowed to go on the trip.

While the MD presentation at Centre is mandatory, it is not mandatory that students receive their vaccinations at Parsons Student Health Center. Students are encouraged to call the number on their health insurance card to see how travel medicine is addressed by their plan. Some plans cover travel medicine under preventive care at an “in-network” provider’s office. A student’s primary care physician may provide travel medicine services. Kentucky Travel Medicine is located in Danville. There are several travel medicine facilities in the state of Kentucky, including clinics at the University of Kentucky and at the University of Louisville.

Please note that Parsons Student Health Center does not accept insurance for payment, does no insurance billing or filing of forms, and does not have a tax ID number. Any charges associated with travel medicine services will be the student’s responsibility. Students may pay at the time of the appointment or may opt to have the charges applied to their student account. An itemized receipt will be provided or mailed to the student’s home address. Vaccinations are offered at or near Parsons’ cost. Please see current pricing below for the most common travel medicine charges (note: students will not need all of these and the rabies vaccine is rarely recommended):

Hep A (2) $30
Hep B (3) $37
Influenza $12
Tetanus (with Pertussis) $33
Meningitis $113
Polio $28
Typhoid $33 (oral)/$75 (shot)
Yellow Fever $113

Women's Health Clinic

A nurse practitioner from the Boyle County Health Department, will be in Parsons one day a month to perform a well-woman exam and consult about birth control if desired by the patient. Pap smears, STD testing, and birth control prescriptions are also available and the cost will either be free, at a reduced rate, or billed to the patient’s insurance, depending on their income and need for confidentiality. Call 859.238.5530 for an appointment.

Student Health Insurance

Students are strongly encouraged to have health insurance. Parsons Student Health Center requests that each student provide a copy of their insurance card with the Health History form. Most Centre students have health insurance through a parent’s plan. Under the Affordable Care Act, if a parent’s health insurance plan covers children, the parent can add or keep the child on their policy until they turn 26 years old. If a student is not covered through a parent’s plan, an individual plan should be purchased for them. Information can be found at www.healthcare.gov or https://kyenroll.ky.gov/ and http://insurance.ky.gov/Static_Info.aspx?Static_ID=133&Div_id=16.

 

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