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Serving students through our student health clinic

Posted on: September 5th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

student health clinic workersResponding to the individualized needs of the campus community, MCTC’s student health clinic provides a confidential and intimate setting for students to access preventative, primary care and mental health services. Open five days a week this fall, the clinic is located in MCTC’s new and vibrant Helland Center where it’s easily accessible by all students.

“The students we’re serving are representative of the rich diversity at the College,” said Jenny Swanson, RN, clinic manager. “We understand the comprehensive pressures students are facing, whether related to their general physical and mental health, economic or educational challenges, or other pressures life can bring. Our goal is to be present with the students, establish strong relationships and meet their health care needs.”

When human services student Amy Bartholomew arrived at the clinic, she was having difficulty breathing due to severe asthma symptoms. “Despite my not having health insurance and the clinics busy schedule, they rushed me in and I was treated immediately,” said Amy.  “The clinic team was caring, empathetic and generally concerned for my well-being. “ Following Amy’s visit, clinic staff contacted her to follow-up, going above and beyond traditional health care services. The clinic strives to be known for this type of care.

Most health care services offered are available at no out-of-pocket cost to enrolled students. MCTC tuition includes a small health service fee, which pays for the on-campus health care services. Insurance is not required, but is accepted if available, to help sustain the clinic. “Traditional services including routine preventative medical exams; acute care for minor injuries and common illnesses; testing; vaccines and mental health evaluation and referral are among the many services provided free at the clinic,” said Jenny.

“We’re excited to have the health clinic on campus,” said Tara Martinez, director of Student Life at MCTC. “The clinic is an outstanding example of our student senate and student body working together with the College to hear student needs and spearhead an initiative that brought the clinic to MCTC.”

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