Health & Wellness
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Services are offered to all students and employees of Garden City Community College. Following is a list of some of the services offered through the Student Health Office:
- Routine nursing assessment with any indicated referrals to community health care providers (medical, dental, optometric)
- Minor First Aid, minor illness, and emergency care
- Strep, pregnancy, and other minor testing
- Immunization and influenza vaccinations
- Blood pressure screening
- Assistance with STD, HIV/AIDS counseling and family planning referrals
- Health education/prevention (pamphlets/brochures, in class presentations, personal health counseling sessions)
- Student Insurance information
- Blood borne Pathogens Trainer/Coordinator
Garden City Community College does not sponsor, endorse or recommend any individual health insurance plan. As a college we do not offer student health insurance, but highly recommend that students obtain health insurance coverage.
Information on various insurance company policies that offer private health insurance coverage to college students is available through the Student Health Office. A few of their web sites are listed below.
Domestic Student Insurance
International Student Insurance
Information can also be obtained by contacting the Student Health Nurse by phone or email. Copies of the plans can also be mailed to individuals, if desired.
Federal law protects student's right to confidentiality regarding how medical information is shared, stored, etc. All medical information at GCCC Student Health Services is kept in locked files, which only health care staff have access to. Health information may be shared, at the patient's request, with a signed/dated release of information, either to or from Student Health Services. All conversations that occur in the Student Health Services are confidential.
All health records are kept on file for a period of 10 years, at which time they are destroyed.
GCCC Residential Life students are required to meet certain stipulations regarding immunizations. The immunization policy requires the following on all students residing on campus.
- a completed, signed Health & Immunization (H & I) record is required to be on file in Residential Life & Student Health Services
- documented evidence (dates) of #1 & #2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations is required to be submitted and kept on file in Residential Life and Student Health Services
- documented evidence of a meningococcal vaccination (meningitis) or a signed declination form is required to be on file with Residential Life and Student Health Services per Kansas State Law (HB2752)
- The student is notified of any deficiencies concerning these requirements and given a grace period to become compliant. After the grace period, the student will be put on administrative hold until he/she becomes compliant.
International students are to submit proof of up-to-date immunizations to the Student Health Nurse. If proof of immunizations are unavailable, primary immunizations are to begin immediately at the student's expense. All international students are to submit proof of a PPD (tuberculin skin test) obtained after their arrival in the United States or obtain a IGRA (blood test) after their arrival in the United States, whichever is indicated by individual circumstances determined at time of testing. (Refer to the Tuberculosis Information)
Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Policy
In compliance with Kansas Statute KSA 2009 Supp. 65---129, effective fall, 2012, all Garden City Community College students with the intention of enrolling and attending classes at GCCC, will be assessed for risk of tuberculosis by completing a Tuberculosis Risk Assessment before enrollment. (Exempt students will include those entering the medical professions of Nursing, EMIC, and Certified Nurse Aide, and those participating in continuing education programs and seminars.) For complete information on GCCC Tuberculosis Information Policy, refer to Tuberculosis Information on top of the page.
Links to Health and Wellness Sites:
Go Ask Alice - Columbia University www.goaskalice.columbia.edu
Mayo Health Clinic www.mayohealth.org/home
American Dietetic Association http://www.eatright.org
Mental Health & Wellness www.ulifeline.com
American Social Health Association www.iwannaknow.org
FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)
Who can use the Student Health Center?
All current students enrolled at Garden City Community College are eligible to use the Student Health Services. Upon the first visit at Student Health Services, you will be asked to complete a health/medical history form and consent for treatment.
Where is the Student Health Center located?
GCCC Student Health Center is located on the upper level of the Beth Tedrow Student Center. Offices are located in the northwest corner of the building.
What are the hours of operation for the Student Health Center?
The Student Health Center is open from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday-Thursday; 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday. The Student Health Center is closed all regularly scheduled holidays.
Do I need an appointment?
Most acute illness services are on a walk-in basis. However, some services such as the influenza vaccination, are better facilitated by scheduling an appointment.
What is the cost of services at the Student Health Center?
Most services are free of charge. There is a minimal fee for all vaccinations. The Student Health Center is not funded through student fees. Therefore, a small amount may be collected for more expensive tests, etc.
What do I do when the Student Health Center is closed?
When you feel you need immediate care, you may choose to go to any of the following facilities, however, GCCC does not assume responsibility for payment of services incurred at these facilities.
St Catherine Emergency Room
Located at the corner of Walnut and 4th Street
Siena Medical Clinic
311 E. Spruce
Xpress Wellness Urgent Care
1021 Fleming St
Finney County Health Department
919 Zerr Road
For other health care providers and various pharmacies, please refer to the local phone book directory.
Are allergy injections given at GCCC Student Health Services?
GCCC Student Health Services does not have access to an on site physician. Therefore, allergy shots are not currently given at Student Health Services.
What are my rights and responsibilities?
The Students Rights and Responsibilities are posted in the Student Health Center. These will aid you in understanding your role in your health care.
Will I ever be referred to another health care provider?
Depending on your specific health care need, you may be referred to a community physician, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and/or Physician Assistant. For example, after a thorough nursing assessment at Student Health Services, if further evaluation and possible prescription medication and/or treatment is indicated, the Student Health Nurse will refer you to an appropriate community health care provider.
Are employees seen at Student Health Services?
Employees who need minor first aid, blood pressure screening, vaccinations, or assistance with minor illnesses are seen at Student Health Center. GCCC students are the first priority with all services rendered.
Trisha Miller, R.N., B.S.N.
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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