Frequently Asked Health Questions
Parsons Student Health Center is closed during the summer months but a staff member will be in periodically to check email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and return phone messages(859-238-5530). Please let us know if you have a chronic health condition that will require special care or accommodation. If you require special housing, please talk to Ann Young, Director of Housing in the Student Life Office, 859-238-5480 immediately.
What services are provided by Parsons Student Health Center?
Parsons Student Health Center is a small medical clinic located on the Centre College campus. Parsons Student Health Center offers patient care on a walk-in basis on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to Noon. The student health center is staffed by a full time secretary, one full time registered nurse (RN), one full time physician assistant (PA), and two medical doctors. The medical doctors, Dr. Brian Ellis and Dr. Jonathan Clark, contract with the college to provide 4 hours of direct patient care each week.
Common medications (prescription and over the counter), simple diagnostic tests, and vaccinations are available at the student health center for a reasonable cost (at or near cost), and there is no office visit fee. Payment may be made at the time of service or applied to the student’s college account. Because of limited staffing, Parsons staff is unable to bill insurance for these fees. However, if x-rays, lab studies, or other diagnostic tests are ordered at an outside facility, the student’s insurance will be billed by that facility. Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (EMRMC) is the local hospital in Danville, where students are sent when these types of tests are needed. Please check with the student’s insurance plan to see if EMRMC is considered “in network”.
Allergy shots can be given at Parsons at no charge. Allergy shot patients should bring their vials and dosage sheets when they come to campus or have them sent directly to Parsons Student Health Center.
Travel Medicine services are coordinated by Parsons Student Health Center staff with the Center for Global Citizenship office. Please visit the study abroad webpage to find information on travel medicine services. http://www.centre.edu/studyabroad/travel_clinic.html
A women’s health clinic is offered once monthly and provided by the local health department. Exams, contraceptives, testing for sexually transmitted infections, as well as other services are available. This service is by appointment.
For emergencies, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center is located two blocks from campus. Please visit http://www.emhealth.org/ for more information. Please reserve emergency room visits for true emergencies.
Non-emergencies will seldom need attention outside of the designated health center hours. However, there are three walk-in health care facilities in Danville: Bluegrass Immediate Care located at 478 Whirl-A-Way Drive is open seven days a week (859-236-3208); Baptist Express Care is located in Wal-Mart and is open seven days a week (859-236-4224); and The Weekend Walk-in Clinic located at 109 Daniel Drive is open on Saturdays and Sundays (859-239-6522).
Mental Health Counseling: What is available through Centre College?
Centre's Student Assistance Program includes professional services provided to Centre students to assist students in being productive, successful, and well-adjusted young adults. Counseling Services are provided by two Counselors, who are licensed mental health professionals, and whose offices are both located in Parsons Health Center. These counselors are available to see students experiencing such problems as stress and anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship and family issues, eating disorders, sexuality issues, transition to college, grief/loss issues, and any other adjustment issues. Services provided include problem assessment, short-term counseling, referral to appropriate services, including psychiatry and medical evaluation, education and training, and prevention.
Counseling to Centre students is free and confidential. Appointments may be made by calling Kathy Miles, Director of Counseling, at (859) 238-5740, or emailing her at email@example.com, or students may call Parsons Student Health Center at (859) 238-5530. Flexible appointment times are available each weekday so that they do not conflict with a student’s class schedule.
For afterhours mental health emergencies, students may call the Department of Public Safety 24 hours a day at (859-236-4357), to reach a Counselor on-call, or they may call (859-238-5740) and a message will give the afterhours on-call telephone number.
Parsons medical staff members are available to prescribe some mental health medications; referrals for other medications and psychiatric consults will be arranged with outside providers by the Director of Counseling. Any off-campus mental health services to students are the financial responsibility of the student and parents.
Students are encouraged to have medications for ADD/ADHD prescribed by their family physician.
Educational information on a variety of mental health and substance abuse topics are available at Parsons.