community, media invited to
Campus Care Open House
Renovations aimed at improving health care for students
Care Open House
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
2 Health Center Drive, Hudson Health Center,
Students, the Ohio University community and the media are invited to
tour the renovated facility,
meet the Campus Care health care team and enjoy cookies, health care
information and (for students) flu shots! The health care experience
for Ohio University students continues to improve with the recently
completed renovations to the
Campus Care facility.
Richard Heck, 740.593.0896
ATHENS, OH (1.18.12)
– The paint is new. The floors and countertops are fresh and modern.
But these aesthetic changes simply embellish the surface of a
totally remade health care experience for Ohio University students.
Campus Care staff, the Ohio University Heritage College of
Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) and the Ohio University Division of
Student Affairs hope that you will join them January 26, from 6:30
to 7:30 p.m., for tours of the renovated facility.
“Today, with a facility better suited to health care delivery,
students can expect an even greater transformation of services,”
said Jack Brose, D.O., executive dean for health affairs at Ohio
University and dean of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
optimistic that students will see shorter wait times and more types
of health care services in the future. In addition, care is now
being provided by the most dedicated and talented physicians we
could find, a number of who are OU-HCOM graduates."
The renovation work, which was completed over the course of a year,
has changed the spaces on the first and second floors of 2 Health
Center Drive to improve patient safety and to deliver medical and
health care services more efficiently, Brose said. Major components
of the renovation so far include:
Additional examination rooms— 22 patient rooms
compared with 10 prior to the renovation
Private check-in and registration desks to ensure
Additional waiting areas that allow possibly
contagious patients to be separated from other
Nurses stations that allow easy access to and
observation of patients being monitored in new
observation areas for monitoring patients during and
handicap ramp and electric door access at front
new greeter station to assist students in finding
the services they need and directing them to the
correct check-in or registration stations
In August, 2010, OU-HCOM assumed responsibility of student health
services from the Division of Student Affairs. The medical school
then contracted with University Medical Associates, Inc., (UMA), the
not-for-profit health care organization and faculty practice plan of
OU-HCOM’s clinical faculty members, to provide students with health
care services through a new unit called Campus Care.
Since then, UMA’s Campus Care has reshaped the student health care
experience to better meet students’ needs, including expanded hours,
increased variety of health and medical services, and implementing
new technologies such as an online patient portal for scheduling and
secure access to medical records.
“I am excited about the completion of the first phase of the
renovation because it will place students who visit Campus Care in a
first class environment.” said Kent Smith, Jr., Ph.D., Ohio
University vice-president for student affairs. “With Campus Care and
these renovations, students will have an entirely different health
care experience from the moment they walk through the door.”
Other changes included
expanded women’s health care and allergy testing, providing shots
and immunizations to five days a week, osteopathic manipulative
therapy, confidential and free HIV testing, and an expanded pharmacy
with retail services.
Also in attendance at Thursday’s event will be the new medical
director of Campus Care, John Kemerer, D.O. Board certified in
family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment, Kemerer has
practiced medicine for more than 21 years and recently was
commissioned a major in the United States Army Reserve Medical
“Having been involved with teaching medical students, physician
assistant students and medical residents, I look forward to caring
for Ohio University students and assisting them in improving their
minds and health,” Kemerer said. “I hope Campus Care becomes their
medical home and family practice while they are on campus.
Renovations to the building housing Campus Care have been completed
by the university’s facilities department. Campus Care will close at
4:30 p.m. on the day of the Open House.