OU-COM will contract with University Medical Associates, Inc. (UMA), the not-for-profit health care organization and faculty practice plan of OU-COM’s clinical faculty, to provide day-to-day administration and staffing for student health care services.
“OU-COM physicians have long served the region through UMA, the college’s free clinics and in other medical practices. I’m very pleased the college can now provide UMA expertise and resources directly to the students of Ohio University,” said Jack Brose, D.O., OU-COM dean.
“Improving health services for students has been a top priority for several years,” said Kent Smith, Jr., Ph.D.,vice president for student affairs. “We have a medical school at Ohio University, and it makes perfect sense to use their expertise to improve the health care experience for students.”
UMA’s Campus Care will be located in the remodeled first and second floor offices of the current Hudson Health Center. OU-COM and the Division of Student Affairs will make substantial investments in renovations to the facility that will include expansion of waiting rooms; relocation of registration areas, labs and nursing stations; and refurbishing of some interior surfaces. Remodeling is expected to take place over the next year.
Campus Care will enhance access to medical services through two distinct programs: Campus Quick Care and Campus Primary Care.
Campus Quick Care, to be located on the first floor of Hudson, will be a walk-in clinic where students can be evaluated and treated quickly and conveniently.
Campus Primary Care will be housed on the second floor. Students will be able to schedule appointments in advance, allowing them to better coordinate their physician visits with their schedules.
Brose also emphasized that through UMA, “students can expect improved access to chronic disease management and physician specialists. They have the ability to bring in specialists as specific health care needs are identified.”