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Health Center

In order to treat most illnesses and accident-related injuries, the College maintains a Student Health Center. Appointments are necessary to meet with one of the providers.

In addition to the above services, the Student Health Center provides relevant health and wellness programming including educational / informational workshops and screenings on nutrition, physical activity, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco, stress, and general wellness.

The center provides laboratory services but does not provide x-ray or surgical services, treatment for major illnesses, or allergy shots. The center refers students who need those services to a local hospital or physician and students assume financial responsibility for off-campus services.

All visits to the health center are free. There is a charge for any testing or referrals off campus, as well as prescriptions dispensed by the physician.
 

Health Center News 

October 2014 - Important Information Posted Below

 

Flu, Enterovirus D68 and Prevention Steps

With heightened local and national attention on a virus called Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and the approaching flu season, Providence College Health Services encourages all community members to get the flu vaccine and to follow thorough personal hygiene practices.

In addition to preparing for flu season, the professionals at Health Services are monitoring and sharing information about Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).  If you'd like to know about the virus and how best to protect yourself, please visit the Centers for Disease Control's overview: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html.

EV-D68 Symptoms

Like the flu, EV-D68 can cause fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, body and muscle aches.  Some people will experience wheezing and difficulty breathing.  The symptoms seem more severe in children and younger teens, especially if they have a history of asthma.

There is no vaccine and no definitive treatment available for EV-D68, other than those measures you would take to treat flu-like illness, such as fever-reducing medication, decongestant, and cough/cold medicines.  However, getting the seasonal flu vaccine is still recommended.   

Steps to prevent EV-D68 are identical to those for the flu

The steps listed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control are:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
  2. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.  You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.  It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  4. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  6. Practice other good health habits.  Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.  Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

 

Ebola Awareness

The College is also currently monitoring the current global Ebola outbreak.  The College is taking preparedness steps and following guidelines from state and federal public health agencies.  If you have traveled to an outbreak area (see here) or had contact with someone who has traveled to an outbreak area, please notify the Student Health Center (401-865-2422) or your immediate supervisor.

For more information on Ebola, please visit the RI Department of Health and CDC websites.


   Location:Bedford Hall
   Phone: 401-865-2422
   Fax: 401-865-2809
 
   Hours: M - F from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
   -By appointment only
   -Open during the academic year only:
    Health services are suspended during
     Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, 
     spring recess and summer.
 
   Catherine M. Kelleher, R. N.
   Director of Student Health Services
   401-865-2423
   ckellehe@providence.edu
 
   Suzanne Bornschein, M.D.
   Health Center Physician
   401-865-2422
 
   Karen Kawa, R.N.P.
   Nurse Practitioner
   401-865-2422
 
   Cynthia Buckley, R.N.P.
   Nurse Practitioner
   401-865-2422
 
   Maureen Kershaw
   Administrative Assistant
   401-865-2422
 
EMTs:  EMTs are available from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. (Monday through Friday) and 24 hours on Saturday, Sunday and holidays when the Health Center is closed. PLEASE call ext. 2888 for EMTs.
 

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