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Saint Xavier's Health Center serves more than students

Fifty percent of patients come from surrounding community

Chicago (Dec. 18, 2006) – A year after opening in its new location, Saint Xavier University’s Health Center is clearly filling a need in the community, with more than 50 percent of its patients coming from the surrounding area.

Last fall the center moved to a bigger location on Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St., enabling the staff to serve twice as many patients with more staff, expanded hours and a new state-of-the-art facility. The center provides primary care services including immunizations to SXU students, staff and faculty as well as area residents without adequate insurance.

“The Health Center is responding to a community need for primary care services. The Illinois Department of Public Health recently awarded Saint Xavier with the Women’s Health Initiative Grant to provide the Heart Smart for Women program. The Health Center also received a grant from the Visiting Nurses Association to support services offered to the community,” said Monica Ryan, assistant professor of nursing and director of the Health Center. “We are clearly meeting a need in the community for primary health care and living the Mercy mission of the University.”

The Health Center provides health education, minor illness and injury care, chronic illness management, physicals, laboratory services, lead screening, and blood pressure monitoring. The center also provides flu shots while supplies are available. Fees are required for some services.

During its first year of operation, the Health Center staff has:

• Administered 200 flu vaccines that were provided by the Chicago Department of Public Health. This year more than 400 flu vaccines have been administered.

• Served 40 women in the 12-week Heart Smart for Women program, which is funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health Women’s Health Initiative. Programs are scheduled to begin again in January, with two groups of 20 at the Chicago campus and one at the Orland Park campus. One group will be devoted to students.

• Accommodated 4,500 patient visits, with more than 50 percent of the visits made by community members.

Many schools and agencies send their students to the Health Center for school-related health requirements, such as the nursing programs at Moraine Valley Community College, Daley College and Trinity Christian College, and emergency medical technician and paramedic students at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. 

Since the center first opened in Saint Xavier’s School of Nursing in 1986, it has grown in scope and staffing to promote the health of and encourage wellness for students, staff, faculty and community members. 

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago and Orland Park, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

For more information about the Health Center, please call (773) 298-3712 or visit www.sxu.edu/health_center.


Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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