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Saint Xavier tradition of community service continues with new health center

Center features more nurses, longer hours to serve more patients

Chicago (Sept. 26, 2005) – Saint Xavier University’s Health Center will be able to serve nearly twice as many patients thanks to more staff, expanded hours and a new state-of-the-art facility.

Located at Saint Xavier’s Chicago Campus, the new center opened Aug. 15. A grand opening ceremony will be held Oct. 11 at 5:30 p.m. on the campus at 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

“This nursing health center, like others across the nation, is meant to provide health care and services that people wouldn’t otherwise have access to,” said Anne R. Bavier, dean of the School of Nursing at Saint Xavier University. “It is designed to augment the services provided by area physicians in order to provide the best health care for students, staff, faculty and the public.”

Dr. Marcia K. Stanhope, the Good Samaritan professor of the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky, will discuss public health and the emerging role of community nursing centers in her keynote address at the opening ceremony.

University officials are opening the new center due to overall enrollment growth and an increase in the number of students living on campus, Bavier said. “It will help guide students on how to take care of themselves and manage chronic illnesses like diabetes and asthma. Many students are away from home for the first time and haven’t had to manage their own health care before.”

In addition to serving SXU students, staff and faculty, the center will provide immunizations and other health services to area residents who are underinsured or uninsured.

“We needed a more formal structure to accomplish our mission of providing access to health care services,” Bavier said. “Now we have a facility and staff that greatly enhance our ability to fulfill our mission to serve people in need.”

Bavier noted the importance that public support has played in the university’s decision to expand the center. The new facility features three rooms for examinations and one observation room, each with new equipment. The original center, located in the Warde Academic Center, had one examination room.

More nurses and staff will be on hand to provide patient care and the hours will be expanded to 60 hours a week, including Saturday mornings for the first time since the original center opened nearly 20 years ago.

The new hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Monica Ryan, the center’s director, estimated that she and her staff will serve up to 5,000 patients annually, up from about 3,000, because of the changes. Enhanced staffing at the center − including three family nurse practitioners, a clinical nurse, and an administrative assistant and other clerical employees − will enable the staff to expand upon current services, which include care for minor illnesses and immunizations, Ryan said.

“I think this effort is in response to the university’s reaching out to our students and the community to meet their healthcare needs,” Ryan said. “The university is committed to accomplishing that mission, and this center is evidence of that. We’re now in a position to really become proactive in the healthy lives of the patients we serve. To me, that’s what health care is all about.”

One area that will get greater focus is healthy lifestyle education and promotion of wellness awareness programs. The health center Web site, www.sxu.edu/son/health_center.asp, also offers tips and information about healthy choices and symptoms of illness.

Ryan also expects that the center will further build upon its current partnerships, which now include the City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health and the 19th Ward office for immunizations of children, skin cancer and lead screenings. Many patients already are referred to the center either by their own physicians, colleges or civic organizations, and Ryan believes those relationships will grow stronger.

The high volume of patients makes it necessary to request that all patients schedule appointments at the center. To make an appointment, call the center at (773) 298-3712.


Saint Xavier University Media Relations: 773-298-3325
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