Health Matters Newsletter


Health Center
LoGrasso Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3131 or
(716) 673-3132
(716) 673-4722 (fax)

Computer

The Health Center has gone electronic.  New and Current Students can access online health forms by clicking here. 

Information that You Might Need:

Health and Wellness Information:


First Aid Kit for the College Student 

Minor emergencies and illnesses may occur at any time. Packing up a few first aid essentials for the college student is a good reminder to always stay safe and a lesson in how to take care of problems while away from home. All that in one kit!

We recommend you assemble the following medications and items in a durable clear plastic box with a lid. The specified brand names of medications mentioned are merely suggestions. They may be substituted with comparable generic products.

What to Pack

Medications

    • Pain reliever/fever reducer (Ibuprofen, aspirin or aspirin substitute such as acetaminophen)
    •  Antiseptic skin cleanser (hydrogen peroxide or Betadine)
    • Antibiotic cream or ointment (Nesoporin)
    • Antihistamine for itching, stings, seasonal allergies (Benadryl or Chlortrimeton, Claritin)
    • Hydrocortisone cream for skin rashes, itching (Cortaid)
    • Antacid tablets or liquid (preferably) for upset stomach caused by eating/drinking food/beverages that irritate the lining of the stomach (Maalox or Mylanta)
    • Drying agent for poison ivy, oak, sumac (Calamine Lotion)
    • Antidiarrheal/antinausea tablets (Pepto-Bismol- however, do not use if you have an allergy to aspirin)
    • Antidiarrheal (Immodium A-D)
    • Decongestant (Sudafed)
    • Cough Medicine (Robitussin)
    • Throat lozenges (Cepacol or Chloraseptic)

Supplies

    • Oral or digital thermometer
    • Band-aids in assorted sizes, include butterfly bandages for small lacerations
    • Sterile gauze pads (4 x 4s)
    • Gauze – 3 inch roll
    • Adhesive tape
    • Scissors
    • Sunscreen
    • Reusable hot/cold pack
    • Elastic bandage for sprains

Don't forget a Few Extras

  • Copy of their medical insurance card
  • Any pertinent medical information should be on a card carried in the student's wallet as well as included in their first aid kit.  This should include:
    • Allergies to medications
    • Allergies to food or anything else that causes a severe reaction
    • Physician’s name and office information
    • Any medical conditions such as seizures, diabetes, etc
    • Medications taken on a regular basis
    • Emergency Contact information

September 2013


Welcome to the LoGrasso Health Center

Welcome to the Health Matters Newsletter, published by the Health Center and part of the weekly Campus Report.  Its purpose is to share information regarding pertinent medical issues and health and wellness tips with students, faculty and staff here at SUNY Fredonia.  We would like to take this opportunity to share with you information about the LoGrasso Health Center.

Our Location....

The LoGrasso Health Center is located in LoGrasso Hall on the back side of campus just off of Temple Avenue. The health center can be accessed by the main entrance of the building. There is a handicap entrance on the right side of the building from the back parking lot. 

Our Hours.....

     Clinical Hours during Academic Session

          Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

          Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

     Clinical Hours during Summer and mid-semester breaks

          Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

When the Health Center is closed....

Emergency care is always available at Brooks Memorial Hospital. The hospital is located at 529 Central Ave., Dunkirk, approximately 3 miles from the campus. The emergency room is staffed with a physician 24 hours a day.
 
If you live in the dorm and become ill after clinic hours, please notify the RA or RD on duty. They may be able to offer help. For any emergency on campus or when an ambulance is needed, the University Police should be called at 673-3333.

If there is an emergency when you are off campus, dial 911.

**Services received outside of the Health Center (i.e. area hospitals/emergency rooms, laboratories, specialists) are not covered by the Health Fee, and are billed on a fee for service basis.***

Is there a fee for service?

Many students are unaware that Health Services are available free of charge on campus in LoGrasso Hall.  The Student Health Center is open to all SUNY Fredonia students who have paid the mandatory health fee .  Students are seen by appointment or on a walk-in basis. 

Who will I see?

The staff includes a doctor, nurse practitioners, nurses and a medical technologist.  They provide confidential care for your individual needs.  Whether your needs are simply talking to someone, or actual care for an illness or injury, the Health Services offered at LoGrasso Hall can be your first step in getting the help that you may need.

In the event that a referral is indicated, we can assist with the arrangements.  Obvious emergency situations would be treated at the Brooks Memorial Hospital.

What are the Health Services offered at the LoGrasso Health Center?

The student Health Center is open to all SUNY Fredonia students. Those who have paid the mandatory health fee are seen at no charge.  Students are seen by appointment or on a walk-in basis.  Services offered are as follows:

  • Ambulatory CareThe health center staff is available to assist students with any illness, injury, or health concern.  If a student is ill or simply has a question regarding a health matter, they should seek advice and treatment at the health center.
  • LaboratoryThere is a small laboratory located within the health center. A CBC (complete blood count), throat culture and urinalysis can be done in the college lab.  Testing for mononucleosis is also available.
  • PharmacyThe on-site pharmacy stocks several common over the counter medications.  A limited number of prescription medications, such as penicillin, are also available.  These may be dispensed by the medical providers if needed.  Prescriptions for other medications may be written at the discretion of the medical provider.
  • Health EducationThe health center has educational materials including pamphlets on many health-related topics.  Educational programs on wellness and other pertinent health issues are offered on campus.
  • Immunizations The campus health center does administer some vaccinations.  Vaccinations for hepatitis B and influenza are available.  Fees are charged for these vaccines and may vary each year.
  • Allergy injections are administered to students on a limited basis.  The health center staff will administer allergy injections only if the student has reached a stable, maintenance dosage.  For example, the student receives the same dose each week or month.  The student must provide their own serum and specific orders from the prescribing allergist. Allergy injections that are on a "build up" phase cannot be given.   The health center does charge a small fee for this service.  The health center staff can assist with making arrangements for the students to receive build up allergy injections at a local physician's office if requested. Contact the Health Center at 673-3131 for any questions or for further information on this policy.
  • Preventive Health Physicals for sports, volunteer and international travel are performed through the health center at no additional cost to the student.  Sports physicals are performed for all athletic teams competing for SUNY Fredonia.  The student must have an initial complete physical from his/her primary care physician or pediatrician on file in the Health Center. 
  • Self-Care Center (see self-care center link)A self-care area is located in the lobby of the health center.   A student may fill out a simple card and take a self-car packet without waiting to see a nurse or a provider.  Self-care packets are available for:
    • Common Cold Pack (Multi-symptom, Coradin Forte, and cough drops)
    • Wound Care Pack (Bandaids and Bacitracin Ointment)
    • Ibuprofen Pain Relief Pack (Ibuprofen)
    • Acetaminophen Pain Relief Pack (Generic for Tylenol)
  • Absence Verification The Health Center has adopted a strict policy of not writing. notes for missed classes for routine illnesses. Students are encouraged to visit the health center when they do not have class.This policy is well publicized: It is posted in the health center, is included in all publications and is also on our web site. In the event that a student has a significant illness that necessitates missing three or more days of classes, the medical provider will notify Student Affairs. Student Affairs has access to the student's schedule and will notify all professors of the illness.  It is our belief, that students at the college level are adults and should be held accountable for attending class and fulfilling course requirements. They are encouraged to communicate directly with faculty if they are too ill to attend class. Faculty members are encouraged to take this policy into consideration when setting standards or requirements for class attendance. Students frequently become ill with influenza, strep, fever and various illnesses. It is in the best interest of all concerned that they do not attend class and spread the illness to others.  The student is then responsible in notifying his/her professors that they have such and illness and will not be in class.
  • Confidentiality The LoGrasso Health Center staff are committed to providing you with the highest quality of care. Maintaining patient privacy and confidentiality is a quality standard that is upheld by all of our employees. Our staff is bound by state and federal laws regarding the disclosure of a patient’s personal health information (PHI). For example, this means we will not disclose PHI without your consent to Deans, Professors, other University staff, parents or other parties unless there is a serious danger to you or someone else. In the event of an emergency situation requiring hospitalization where it is impossible to obtain a student's permission, the parent or legal guardian will be notified by the hospital.
  • Technology and Informed Consent: The LoGrasso Hall Health Center uses computer technology for the scheduling of patients, data collection, and note-taking.  The server in which our information is kept is through Medicat LLC, which is independent from the general college system, to store the data which is encrypted and hidden and is HIPPA compliant.  We make every effort possible to protect the confidential information that is entered into the computer system.
  • Our complete Privacy Statement can be found at: http://www.fredonia.edu/healthcenter/forms/privacy_notice.pdf . If you have any questions about this notice or any complaints/concerns about our privacy practices, please contact: Monica White, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Maytam Hall Sixth Floor, Fredonia, NY 14063, telephone 716-673-3271, email monica.white@fredonia.edu.

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