Health center provides free services

New students on campus may be wondering about the resources and services available to them. This week the Chronicle begins a series outlinig the many ways Richland meets the needs of the community, starting with the health center.

The health center is located in Thunderduck Hall, Room T110. It is staffed with registered nurses and tools to promote wellness, health and administer preventive care at no cost.

They service credit, continuing education, and Richland Collegiate High School students, as well as faculty and staff.    

Chance Reaves, one of the nurses, said students do not need to be sick to visit. The nursing staff has created an open environment where all students, faculty and staff are free to ask questions and address concerns.   

The health center is stocked with first aid equipment in case of accidents, serious injuries and illnesses. Nonprescription medications, like cold and allergy relief medicines and pain relievers, are available.

The nurses at the health center also have the resources to administer preventive and diagnostic tests based on a patient’s symptoms.

“Based on subjective and objective information, we can determine what’s going on – making sure we are doing the appropriate test,” Reaves said.

The health center also has a place for students to lie down and rest. Nutrition information is available as well. Reaves said, through “personal experience, education and the information we provide, we can guide a patient to develop a nutrition plan to best suit their lifestyle and particular goals.”

For issues beyond what the health center can provide, the staff can connect patients to dozens of community health resources for little to no cost.

Throughout each semester, the staff also coordinates free HIV and STD testing. They hold blood drives, administer flu shots, offer counseling information and immunizations.

They also hold awareness and prevention campaigns like the Summer Safety Skin Cancer Awareness, Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Red Ribbon Campaign.

For more information, contact the health center at  972-238-3771 or at rlchealthcenter@dcccd.edu. They are open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.