After years of planning, the Indiana University Northwest College of Health and Human Services, in cooperation with Methodist Hospitals, will open its new Health and Wellness Center on Monday, Jan. 12, on a limited basis in the Dunes Medical/Professional Building. Staffed by family and adult nurse practitioners, as well as a collaborating physician from Methodist, the Center will provide routine and acute care for IU Northwest students, faculty and staff.
Although the Center will be open for business on Monday from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., with limited hours planned for the week’s other three class days, CHHS is planning a more formal Grand Opening Celebration for the facility sometime later in the semester. More details about this event will be announced as they become available.
In the meantime, said IU Northwest Lecturer of Nursing and Adult Nurse Practitioner Marcia Mulcahey, members of the campus community are welcome to visit the Health and Wellness Center for examinations and basic treatment related to acute illnesses or conditions. The Center’s hours of operation are: Mondays from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.; Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m.; Wednesdays from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.; and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m.
“Basically, we’re starting with urgent care,” Mulcahey said. “If they have a cold, if they have the flu or strep throat, if they’re diabetic and they think their blood sugar is up … if they have a complaint that they think they need to be seen for, that’s what we’re going to see.
“We will be able to do some of the common testing,” she added. “We will be able to test for mono, strep A, urinary tract infections, things like that.”
Mulcahey is one of three medical practitioners who will help to staff the clinic. Lecturers of Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioners Melanie Samardzija and Jo Newman will also see patients, and the clinic will also have a medical assistant, Jennifer Moulton. Dr. Michael McGee, head of emergency medicine at Methodist Hospital, is the clinic’s collaborating physician. The Center will also provide physician referrals to patients who need to follow up with a doctor.
The cost of an office visit is $20, and this does not include payment for any testing or medications. The Center is not able to process insurance information, but patients will be provided with Superbills that they may submit to their own insurance providers for reimbursement.
“If I do a rapid strep test, for example, whatever our cost is for that strep test is what the patients will pay,” Mulcahey explained. “If they need antibiotics, or if they need a shot, they will pay for that in addition to the $20.”
Initially, the Health and Wellness Center will only take walk-in patients for acute care, but Mulcahey said plans call for the clinic to expand its services to include physicals, gynecological exams and other services that would require prior appointments. The Center’s medical services are only open to IU Northwest students, faculty and staff, but Mulcahey said she hopes to obtain grant funding that would allow the clinic to host community-outreach programs on public health issues such as obesity.
The IU Northwest Health and Wellness Center will open with the start of Spring Semester 2009 on Monday, January 12, in Room 1027 of the Dunes Medical/Professional Building. For more information, call (219) 980-7250.