This archived article was written by: Seth Richards
Students have easy access to a full menu of services in the USUEastern Health and Wellness Center for $20 per visit for students and $30 for community members.
The health and wellness center is all but invisible between the testing center and the radio booth in theStudent Activities Center.
Made visible by catchy literature on the wall and a sign advising that it is the wellness center, the door is extremely passable for those not interested in Planned Parenthood or who are secure that they are normal for a person of their gender.
There is little to suggest that behind the door is a world full of flu immunizations, STD tests and easily accessible medical assistance for a number of maladies that do not require emergency assistance.
Nurse Practitioner Doris Christensen has taught nursing and emergency medicine at the College of Eastern Utah since 1977. For the past four years, the campus clinic has been under her purview. With the Health and Wellness Center RN, Christensen provides medical assistance free of the insurance nightmare that one would find in a hospital.
The 30-35 students per week who enter the wellness center are usually those most troubled by headaches, rashes, or a desperate need to get some generally innocuous object removed from their arm. Relatively few people take advantage of this campus resource for their physicals, flu immunizations, or referrals to off-campus medical professionals.
“This is a great resource for the college, for both the staff and the students here” said Christiansen. “To be able to have somebody that can see them quickly right here on campus.”
Students and faculty are encouraged to visit the campus Health and Wellness Center when in need of medical assistance or references to medical personnel.