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Health Services

Health Services
320:363-3142
First Floor Quadrangle
Eileen Haeg, PA-C, Manager
Basil LeBlanc, MD, Physician
Kathryn Tschakert, Insurance Coordinator

What Health services are available on campus?

The Saint John’s Health Center provides ambulatory primary and urgent medical care to students. The clinic is staffed by registered nurses and a physician assistant Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Physician’s hours are by appointment Monday through Friday, with emergency services available. X-ray and lab services are available. A physical therapist is also available by appointment. A local pharmacy has an operations site at the Health Center, staffed by a registered pharmacist. The University also maintains a First Responder program, comprised of certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What about payment/insurance for health services?

A claim is filed with the student’s insurer, and the student is billed for the balance. Insurance co-pays can be billed to the student’s personal SJU account. A fee schedule is available. Students are asked to have health insurance and provide documentation of health care insurance, or must purchase the student insurance plan. The student will be billed for the student insurance plan if proof of insurance has not been received by the time the student arrives on campus. Parents are advised to be aware of the level of coverage for physical and mental illness for their college-age children and may need a referral or authorization from the insurance company or primary clinic to extend coverage to the Health Center. Policies vary among insurance carriers. The Health Center is a provider for a number of insurance groups including Blue Cross, Medica, United Health Care and Preferred One and is authorized to provide care for Health Partners subscribers attending the University. Parents should also inquire about coverage for athletic injuries. The NCAA requires a $75,000 major medical benefit for athletes.

If a student cannot show proof of personal or family insurance coverage, he will be enrolled in and billed for the group insurance offered through Saint John’s University. Questions regarding this plan should be directed to the Health Center.

What about permission to provide medical treatment?

Since most students are over the age of 18, parental consent forms are not needed to provide medical services. However, privacy acts do require the student’s signature or verbal consent before information can be shared with anyone, including parents. In case of an emergency, parents will be notified.

What are the current immunization laws for college students?

Saint John’s students are required to have (on record) two immunizations against measles, mumps and rubella after the age of 12 months. Students must also be immunized against diphtheria and tetanus within 10 years of registering for college courses. The Hepatitis B vaccination series and Meningitis immunization are recommended.

Is a physical examination required for college students?

A physical exam and clearance for athletic participation within one year of matriculation (8/10/05) is required of all new students. A tuberculin test within one month of arrival is also required for all new international students.