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Students, community, media invited to
Campus Care Open House

Renovations aimed at improving health care for students


WHAT:          Campus Care Open House

WHEN:          Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

WHERE:        2 Health Center Drive, Hudson Health Center,

WHY:             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.

Contact:        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.  “I am 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 student confidentiality
  • Additional waiting areas that allow possibly contagious patients to be separated from other patients
  • Nurses stations that allow easy access to and observation of patients being monitored in new observation areas for monitoring patients during and after treatments
  • New handicap ramp and electric door access at front entrance
  • A 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 Department.

“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.

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