Emergency Information

MEDICAL EMERGENCY?

If you have a health-related problem when the Wellness Center is closed, contact Residence Life staff (RA/RD). If it is an emergency, call 911.

IN A CRISIS?

If you have a mental health emergency after 4:30 P.M. or on weekends, contact your RD and/or one of the following crisis hotlines:

Jefferson County (740) 996-7127
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255)
Text HOME to 741741

Visits, Appointments, & Hours

Drop-ins visits are welcome, but we recommend that you make an appointment. To make an appointment, call (740) 284-7223 during regular hours.

We are located in the lowermost level of Finnegan Fieldhouse.

Regular Hours

Monday: 9:00 a.m to noon, 1:00 PM to 4:30 a.m

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 PM to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 PM to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 PM to 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 PM to 4:30 p.m.

Note: We make every attempt to accommodate our students. There is usually little or no delay for services. However, during times of high demand for services, delays may occur. We appreciate your patience while we deliver every student the time and attention required.

Required Health Forms

Prior to coming to campus, all students must fill out a Confidential Health Record Form and, if applicable, Immunization Waiver form, which our Health Services Office keeps on file and uses for basic background on a student’s health history.

To fill out these forms, go to MyFranciscan and log in, then go to the “Student Life” tab, and find the forms under the “Wellness Center Forms” header.

What We Provide

The Wellness Center’s Health Services is located on the lower level of Finnegan Fieldhouse and is available to all University students. The Mission of the Wellness Center Health Services is to provide high quality prevention, health education, and primary healthcare services to enhance student living and learning.

We deal only with non-emergency illness and wellness concerns.

Services offered…
  • First-aid for minor injuries
  • Assessment and treatment for many common illnesses
  • Prescription medications
  • Suture removal
  • Administration of injectable medications including allergy serum, vitamins, and immunizations
  • Dressing applications for wounds or injuries
  • Weight and nutrition counseling
  • Health teaching on issues related to college students
  • Referrals to various medical facilities and providers in the community for lab tests, x-ray, and physician specialists
  • Ear irrigation
  • Written health care information on a variety of topics

Please note: There is a fee for some lab and physician services.

We also operate a pharmacy service

Prescriptions can be filled through a cooperative program with the A & B Pharmacy, located at 4201 Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville. The pharmacy delivers to the Wellness Center Health Services Monday through Friday. Students must pay all co-pays at the time the prescription is picked up at the Wellness Center Health Services. Students may also take the prescription to any pharmacy that they choose. Some over-the-counter medications are available at the Wellness Center Health Services as well.

About the Health Service at the Wellness Center

We view our work as an extension of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, and provide health services in accord with the Catholic vision of the human person. Health Services provides the assessment and treatment of common illnesses, first aid, suture removal, administration of some injectable medications (including allergy serums), wound care, weight and nutrition consultation, health education, and referrals to various off-campus healthcare providers. The Health Service is not a full-service emergency room or clinic. Staff includes a nurse practitioner and registered nurse Monday through Friday on regular class days.
In the event of a medical emergency, students are referred to nearby medical facilities such as Trinity Health System or Weirton Medical Center. Both are approximately a 10-minute drive from campus. With a medical order from our practitioner, diagnostic labs and x-ray imaging can be performed at the aforementioned medical facilities. Referrals for off-campus healthcare providers (including dental and vision) are available upon request.

Costs and Special Services

There is a $10 fee for all appointments, payable at the time of the appointment by cash, check, or credit/debit card. We do not accept insurance of any type. Students are never refused appointments based on inability to pay.

  • Tests for mononucleosis and strep are available for a small fee.
  • Immunizations are also available upon request. Call Health Services for current immunization pricing.
  • Prescription medications can be delivered to the Wellness Center from local pharmacies, and are purchased by the student.
The Wellness Center Health Services is not a full service emergency room or clinic.

Students will be assessed and referred for these types of services to providers in the local community as necessary. Diagnostic and lab testing is performed at Trinity Medical Center by arrangement through the Wellness Center Health Services. Dental referrals can also be scheduled using local dentists. Although referrals are made at the expense of the student, most health insurance plans will cover normal lab charges, etc. Students must check with their insurance providers before making these appointments for referrals.

Student Excuse for Class or Work

A written class/work excuse is given only if a student has been examined by a nurse or nurse practitioner at the Wellness Center: Health Services and the examiner requests that the student not attend class/work.

In the case of multiple absences due to long-standing illness, the student may request a formal letter be sent to the appropriate faculty member or dean of the Faculty Offices informing them of the student’s medical problem. A copy of this letter is also given to the student.

It is the student’s responsibility to attend class. If illness prevents this, the student has the obligation to let the professor know about the absence and how long he or she anticipates being out of class.

Note: Even if a medical excuse is provided, individual professors will decide whether an absence will be excused.

Even if a medical excuse is provided, individual professors will decide whether an absence will be excused. No medical excuse can be given retroactively to a student who was not seen by Wellness Center Health Services staff, e.g. if you are sick in the morning and miss class, the Wellness Center Health Services will not give you an excuse later that day.

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Resources

Information from the following third party websites is intended for general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a professional healthcare provider.

Privacy and Confidentiality

All interactions with the Wellness Center are considered confidential in nature. By law, no one may access your health records without your consent. However, there are circumstances and situations in which Wellness Center staff may be required by law to break your confidentiality, possibly without your permission or knowledge. The exceptions to confidentiality include, but may not be limited to: if you indicate that you intend to physically hurt yourself; if you indicate that you intend to physically hurt someone else; involvement in a felony; or if a medical emergency threatens your life or the life of another and information from your record is needed to provide adequate care. Our staff are mandated reporters; we are required to report evidence of domestic violence, as well as the abuse and/or neglect of minors, elders, and persons with a developmental disability to child protective services and/or law enforcement. We may also be required to break confidentiality if we receive a subpoena from a court of law requesting documentation from services you have received at the Wellness Center. If you wish the Wellness Center to communicate with an outside party, such as a parent or professor, you will need to complete a Release of Information form, which you may request from the Wellness Center.