It is the Student Health Center's mission to provide the appropriate care to our patients in a timely manner. In order to receive appropriate services, please inform the front office receptionist of the correct issues that you need to see the provider for. If you inform the front office receptionist of false symptoms in order to be seen for another issue, your appointment may be canceled due to improper scheduling.
All new students are required to access and update their private patient protal linked below PRIOR to arriving on time for their scheduled appointment.
A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR:
FREE FLU SHOTS TO SHSU STUDENTS, FACULTY, & STAFF
As flu season kicks off, the SHSU Student Health Center and the School of Nursing will work to keep SHSU students, faculty and staff well with its yearly administration of the seasonal influenza vaccine.
Beginning on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 7-8), free flu shots will be given to currently enrolled students on the main campus, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building Plaza, on the east side of the CHSS Building. In the event of inclement weather, the stations will be moved indoors to the LSC Atrium and the CHSS Lobby.
On Wednesday (Oct. 9), health center and nursing professionals will be at the SHSU—The Woodlands campus, administering the vaccination, for free, to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff.
In order to receive a flu shot, students and The Woodlands Center employees must present their Bearkat OneCard.
Those receiving the shot are asked to come prepared with sleeves that can be easily adjusted to expose their shoulder in order to speed the administration process.
It is highly recommended that employees who are pregnant or nursing consult their treating physician prior to obtaining the vaccine. The Student Health Center is not responsible for any adverse incident related to the administration of the flu vaccine, Hanel said.
Employees on SHSU’s main campus will be allowed to receive the free vaccination Oct. 22-23.
For more information about the influenza vaccine or the administration process, visit shsu.edu/dept/student-health-center/or call 936.294.1805.
The Importance and Benefits of College Health
September 2013 - I was sent this article the other day and thought I would share. Forbes recently published this article describing how college health has made its mark among the campus communities. They discuss the benefits of the college health model and what its impacts are to college campuses. I value articles like this. First, it shows how important college health is to the wellbeing of the students; both physically and mentally. Secondly, it brings to light and recognizes the hard work of the providers, educators, and administrators.
Click here to read the article.
Busy, Busy, and Busy
August 2013 - With new students back on campus we are in full swing again! It is important to us that we are able to meet your needs, so please be patient with our front office when scheduling an appointment. We have 4 new student workers learning how to operate the front and there is an extremely high learning curve. Also, as we continue to learn the electronic health system it may take a little more time in your appointment.
We are already completely booked for the first half of the week. Please do not wait until you feel extremely sick to call and ask for an appointment. The odds of getting a same day appointment is very low due to a high volume of requests for service. If there is not an appointment available, please let the front office know that you would like to be put on a waiting list. If something comes available we can contact you.
We thank you for your patience and hope you have a healthy start to the Fall semester.
WE DID IT!!!!
July 2013 - We went live! Our staff has gone through the full training for the transition to electronic medical records. We are charting on computers and transitioning our current paper charts to electronic versions. This will take a long time to complete. As our patients come in, we scan their information and begin a new chart on the computer. Please continue to be patient with us as we progress through this transition. Our providers, nurses, and front office staff are working hard to make the transition as seamless as possible. I am so proud of what are accomplishing and look forward to the beginning of our new school year.
Congrats to our new incoming Bearkats! We look forward to serving you and help make your stay at SHSU as comfortable as possible.
We LOVE Our Student Workers!!
June 2013 - Our sweet student worker, Keli King, is working so hard in preparation for the EMR system. Keli is tediously scanning all of our patient's records to ensure that our system is complete! She always has a positive attitude and smile on her face. I want to send a HUGE 'shout-out' to Keli for her hard work and efforts in making our transition as smooth as possible. THANK YOU KELI!
Let the Countdown Begin....
June 2013 - We have initiated our Beta testing for the EMR this week! It has gone so well and we want to send a HUGE thank you to our wonderful Nurse Practitioner, Kerri Cravey, and our LVN, Frieda Turner, for their hard work and contributions to the clinic. This week they began seeing patients strictly on the EMR system. We worked through the kinks and are developing systems to help the clinic's efficiency and can't wait to see how next week goes when our entire clinic goes paperless!
Thank you to our patients too. They have been so patient and willing to assist us in this new process. Without our students we wouldn't be here!
A Bearkat in Boston
May 2013 - This week I was able to attend an outstanding conference that is hosted annually by the American College Health Association (ACHA). I was also honored with the New Affiliate Professional Award for the Southwest College Health Association. As the Director of the clinic, this is an honor and something that couldn't have been possible without our clinical team and students at SHSU. This award has placed SHSU on the map of college health and is bringing great recognition to our expanding clinic and medical practices.
2013 - Look at our awesome nursing staff working so hard together to grow their knowledge of our new EHR system! They are so excited to start and are ready to get rid of the paper!!! It takes a lot of practice to reconfigure workflow and transition thought processes. There will be mistakes made, but our team knows their stuff! They can make it through anything and have such a great attitude about the new changes being made.
Implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR)!
2013 - The SHC is working hard to improve the quality of care provided to our students. We are scheduled to begin the implementation of our new Electronic Health Records on June 10th! Our system has always been on paper and with this change, there have been some hard decisions to make. The clinic will have to back down our patient schedule significantly to allow our providers and nurses to learn the system and ensure that the patient records are documented correctly. As our staff learn the system, we will begin to add more patients into our schedules. Please be patient with us so that we can work through this exciting change. The average amount of time it takes for a system to be fully functional again after implementation is approximately 12 months. Our team will do their best to improve this 'lag time' and will make every effort to accommodate our patient's needs. We love our students and thank them for helping us through this transition!!
THE NEW STUDENT HEALTH AND COUNSELING CENTER IS APPROVED!!
~October 18, 2012
On Tuesday, October 16th and Wednesday, October 17th, students voted to increase the Medical Service Fee to build a new Student Health and Counseling Center to accommodate the growing student body at Sam Houston Student University. The approval of the health center came through a landslide 74.6 percent “yes” vote by students, with 21.93 percent saying “no”and 1.72 percent not participating.
The referendum approval will raise the student health fee $37 in spring semester of 2013 to offer new services to students such as same-day appointments, a 24-hour nursing and counseling hotline, and an expanded pharmacy. The new 28,000 square-foot building will house health services and the counseling center and is expected to be completed by summer 2014.
Although there will be some cosmetic changes to the exterior of the building, below are renderings of the exterior and interior of the new building.