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Hours and Services

Walk-In

Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

By Appointment Only

Tuesday:  1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. with Dr. Martin Holmes
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. with Tom Reeves, PA-C
Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. with our professional staff
Thursday:  1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. with Tom Reeves, PA-C

If you need assistance during these hours and do not have an appointment, please call 517/629-0220.

Confidentiality of Medical Records

Health care records are maintained in files separate from the student's academic files and cannot be accessed by faculty, staff, administration, parents or other students.

Protected Health Information housed in Student Health Services is completely confidential. Students must sign a written authorization to release Protected Health Information to anyone, including faculty and family members. Protected Health Information may also be released for medical treatment, medical services, and as required by law.

E-Mail Policy

Student Health Services welcomes your interest and contact. We also value your privacy. Please consider the following information prior to sending e-mail:

E-mail is not an appropriate medium for questions regarding individual, private, personal health. It is most appropriate for getting general information regarding services, resources or other campus information. We cannot guarantee that the contents of an e-mail message will remain confidential. While we will do our best to keep communication private, e-mail usage can be monitored and others may read the content of your personal messages.

Staff access to e-mail is also limited to Student Health Services work hours. There is no expectation that SHS staff will check e-mail after hours. Also, there is no way of knowing if a specific staff member is unavailable due to illness, vacation, or other business. This means that your message may not be read immediately. E-mail should never be used for urgent communication. When time is of particular concern for you, please always call Student Health Services at 629-0220.

General Medical Care

Student Health Services provides complete outpatient health care, with appropriate referrals to specialists as needed. Visits to Student Health Services and with the college physician are $20, the cost of which will be billed to the student's account, or covered by the hard-waiver College Health Insurance. Commercial insurances are not billed directly by Student Health Services, but a detailed receipt will be provide to the student on check-out for possible submission to his or her commercial insurance company. Occasionally there is also a small charge for supplies or medication. Full laboratory testing and X-rays are available in cooperation with Oaklawn Hospital and Regional Medical Labs.

Allergy Shots and Immunizations

Allergy shots ($15) are given during Physician Hours only. Students must provide their allergy serum. Charges for immunizations (to cover the cost of the vaccine) are as follows:

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria, $35 – 10-year immunity
  • TB Skin Test, $15
  • Hepatitis B, $55 each – 3 Injection Series, lifetime immunity
  • Hepatitis A, $65 each – 2 Injection Series, lifetime immunity
  • Meningitis, $95 – lifetime immunity
  • Typhoid, $45 – 2-year immunity
  • Yellow Fever, $85 – 10-year immunity
  • Flu Shots, $25 – beginning Oct. 15

Information on Travel Immunizations

Gynecology

Routine gynecological examinations are provided, including pap smears and contraception information. Consultations and prescriptions are also provided. Pregnancy testing is available at Student Health Services for $5.

Minor Surgery

Suture repair of lacerations, removal of foreign bodies, biopsies, etc. are provided during Physician Hours.

Consultation

When further evaluation of an illness or injury is deemed necessary by the college physician or at the student's request, a specialist's consultation shall be formally requested (i.e. ENT, ophthalmology, gynecology, dermatology, orthopedics, etc.).

Urgent Care Centers

If you become ill or get injured when Student Health Services is closed, and it is a true emergency, call Campus Safety to arrange transportation by ambulance to the Emergency Room at Oaklawn Hospital or Allegiance Health (formerly Foote Hospital).

The following area facilities are available to assist students with non-life-threatening illness or injury:

Albion

Oaklawn Medical Group–Albion (formerly Keefer Medicine)

Dr. Sharon Boyce-- Medical Director-SHS
Thomas Reeves, P.A.-C
Betsy Carroll-Crist P.A.-C

300 B. Drive North  Albion, MI 49224    517-629-2134

Monday- Friday  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Marshall

Oaklawn Hospital Emergency Department

200 North Madison  Marshall, MI 49068    517-629-2630

Open 24 hours

 

Oaklawn After Hours Express Care

111 S. Hamilton St, Marshall, MI 49068   (269) 789-4390

Open 7 days a week / 365 days a year / 11am – 8pm

 

Jackson

Henry Ford Allegiance Health Emergency Care 

205 North East Ave.  Jackson, MI 49201    517-788-4811

Open 24 Hours.

 

Med Plus Clinic

875 Laurence  Jackson, MI 49202     517-787-0544

Monday - Friday: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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MedExpress Urgent Care- Jackson

1325 N. West Ave. Jackson, MI  49202     517-768-0384

Open Daily 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 pm

 

Most Urgent Care Center charges begin at $90.00 and go up depending on level of service. Most will accept cash, insurance, Visa and MasterCard. Make sure that you have your insurance card with you.

Returning Student Housing Guide

Welcome back, students!  We’re very excited to have you back on campus.

Please take the time to read the information below, which serves as a topic-by-topic reminder of things to keep in mind as you prepare for your return to Albion.

 

Building Information

Residence Hall Staff

Room Assignments

            Off-Campus Program and Internship Students

            Off-Campus Residency

Room Changes

Albion1Card

Parking

Laundry

Room Selection

Check-In Procedure



Residence Hall Staff


Each Residence Hall has a Residence Director (RD) and a staff of Residence Assistants (RAs). For more information on what staff is where, please see Building Staff.

 

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Room Assignments

Room assignments will be e-mailed to your Albion College e-mail address in July and January before the start of each semester. Please give the assignment a chance.

  • Off-Campus Program and Internship Students

The Office of Residential Life will be working with each of you individually to secure an assignment once you return. All students who participate with these programs are required to live on campus after they return. Housing applications and accommodations will be sent via e-mail throughout the semester prior to your return to make your arrival and reintegration into the Albion College community as seamless as possible.

  • Off-Campus Residency

As a reminder, all students are required to live on campus in College-owned housing unless they are given exemption by the Office of Residential Life by meeting the criteria for Residency Exemption. If you are interested in this, please contact the Office of Residential Life.


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Room Changes

 

At the start of each semester all assignments are frozen and cannot be changed for two weeks. After such time, please work with your RA and RD to see about possibly changing rooms; all changes and such are purely based on space available. To see where your RD works and for contact information, please see the Contact Us page.

 

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Albion1Card


The Albion1Card now is your Student ID and is your access into every residence’s exterior and some interior rooms as well as the majority of academic buildings. An addition to the Albion1Card is the ability to transfer money to this card using your bank account or cash/check via the Accounting Office. For more information, please visit the Albion1Card Web site.

 

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Parking

 

Parking on Albion College property is assigned and monitored by Campus Safety. All students who plan on bringing a vehicle to campus are required to register their vehicle and purchase a parking permit. Please see the Office of Campus Safety for more information.

 

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Laundry

 

Laundry at Albion College has changed and now most all public machines require use of the Albion1Card to operate. Prices are $1.25 to both WASH and DRY – EACH.  Wesley Hall, Whitehouse Hall and Mitchell Towers have all-new front-loading machines that require the “HE” detergent. The Mae and Munger Apartments have upgraded top-loading machines and they DO NOT require the “HE” detergent. Machines in the Fiske House, Burns Street Apartments and Seaton Hall have been upgraded, but still continue to use coins to operate.

 

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Room Selection

 

Room Selection starts with Lottery Number Assignment in February and proceeds throughout the Spring Semester until late April. All students are strongly encouraged to go through this process so they have a chance to choose their housing assignment rather than be assigned by the Office of Residential Life. All Room Selection applications are selected based on the group’s sum lottery number, specific to the building or room requirements. For more information, please see our Room Selection main Web site.

 

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Check-In Procedure

 

All students are required to check in with Residential Life prior to moving into their assigned rooms. Failure to do this could result in fines and/or College Judicial action.  During this process students will have College forms to complete and will receive their Room Condition Inventory (RCI) form, Albion1Card, room key (if applicable), room configuration information, and other important information from the College.

 

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Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that can be spread by having sexual contact (anal, vaginal, or oral) with another person who is infected. Most STIs are curable, although some are not. Many people who have been infected with a STI don't even know it. They may look and feel healthy, but they still could be infected.

Furthermore, some people who have been diagnosed will not share this information with their partner(s). It is your responsibility to employ good judgment, use preventative measures, and be tested if you suspect that you have been infected.

Practicing safe sex can cut down on the spread of STIs but not totally prevent them. To decrease risk:

  • Abstain from sexual contact—anal, vaginal, or oral.
  • Engage in a monogamous relationship in which both partners agree to be faithful sexually.
  • Use condoms made of latex or polyurethane.
  • Include STI testing as part of your regular medical checkup, especially if you have changed partners or have more than one partner.
  • Don‘t drink alcohol if there is a chance of unintended or unwanted sexual activity.
  • Get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B.

Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Resources

Albion College provides all students with instructions on how to obtain testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Testing is available for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and hepatitis B and C upon request. All testing is confidential.

Student Health Services

Phone: 517/629-0220

STI testing, except for HIV, may be done during walk-in or during Doctor’s hours with an appointment. Costs vary according to the tests done. Health insurance companies may be billed or costs can be self-paid to the lab after billing is sent directly to the student. Testing and its results are confidential; however, when using commercial health insurance, explanation of benefits letters may be sent by the insurance company to the home billing address. These letters often list the tests that were performed, but not the result of the testing.

Calhoun County Health Department (Albion office)

214 East Michigan (across from Biggby Coffee.)
Albion MI 49224
Phone: 517/629-9434

Walk-in hours for STI, HIV, and Pregnancy testing  

Monday-Thursday 8:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-4:00pm  Mondays and Tuesdays are by appointment.  

HIV testing is available free of charge..

Jackson County Health Department

1715 Lansing Ave.
Jackson, MI 49202
Phone: 517/788-4420

Walk-in testing is done Monday-Friday 8:00am-12pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm.  Last check-in is 4:00pm.

Call first for availablity as hours are subject to change without notice.

Cost: Donation. .

Planned Parenthood of Jackson

2009 W. Michigan Ave. (across from Westwood Mall)
Jackson, MI 49202
Phone: 517/784-1700

Walk-in hours are as follows:

Monday: 9-5 pm
Wednesday: 12pm - 8 pm
Friday: 9am - 5 pm

Call for more information and prices.

 

Web Resources

Student Health Services: On-Line Self Care Guide (Sexual Health)

Go Ask Alice at www.goaskalice.columbia.edu
Go Ask Alice is the health question and answer Internet service produced by Alice! Columbia University’s Health Education Program – a division of Health Services at Columbia.

MyStudentBody,com® provides reliable health information on the web. The myStudentBody site addresses the relevant health issues encountered by college students today.

Remember: Sometimes symptoms do not show up for weeks or months.

Common STIs

Infection

Female Symptoms Male Symptoms Possible Problems Other Thoughts
Gonorrhea
Curable
Pus-like vaginal discharge, lower abdominal pain, painful urination or no symptoms at all. Pus discharge from penis.  Pain when urinating. May have no symptoms. Infertility (inability to conceive), repeated pelvic infections in women, damage to newborns. Symptoms show up 2-21 days after sex.  Curable with proper treatment.
Chlamydia Curable No symptoms for 60-80% of women. Some have vaginal discharge, pain when urinating, dull pelvic pain or bleeding between periods. No symptoms for 50% of men. Pain when urinating or watery discharge from penis. Infertility in men and women, eye and lung infections in newborns. Symptoms show up 7-28 days after sex. Once identified, Chlamydia can be cured painlessly with antibiotics.
Trichomoniasis Curable Vaginal itching, often severe. Heavy vaginal green/yellow discharge with strong odor. Frequently none. Occasionally a discharge from the penis. Partners may frequently pass a disease back and forth leading to repeat infections. Curable but both partners must be treated.
Syphilis
Curable
A sore usually painless. Later rash may develop on other parts of the body (usually hands and feet). There may also be sore throat, fever, swollen glands. Symptoms may then disappear but person is still infected. Heart, spine, and brain may be affected.  Severe threat to the developing fetus. Symptoms begin anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months after sex. Detected by a blood test and cured with antibiotics.
Hepatitis B Treatable, not curable Symptoms vary a lot. Some have no symptoms. Others experience loss of appetite, fever, tiredness, pain in liver area, jaundice (yellowing of skin.) Major cause of liver cancer. May cause death. Can be passed to newborns by mother. Symptoms begin1 to 9 months after infection. A vaccine is available to prevent Hepatitis B.
HIV/AIDS Treatable, not curable For both sexes, early symptoms may be recurring fever, night sweating, shortness of breath, dry cough, constant tiredness, diarrhea, rapid weight loss, swollen glands or increase in severity or number of illnesses- or no symptoms at all. No cure has been found. AIDS has been fatal in about 50% of the cases Symptoms show up months to years after infection. HIV is a virus that can be transferred through blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk.
HPV / Genital Warts
Treatable, not curable
Virus that is linked to cervical cancer. Some strains may cause warts found on or around genitals or rectum. A clinician must treat them. Passed by skin-to-skin contact, so condoms will not be as effective.

Vaccine is available to both men and women to prevent the acquisition of the disease, and decrease the spread. For information, check with your healthcare provider.
Warts can grow large and obstruct penis, vagina or anus. Symptoms usually show up one to eight months after infection. Sexually active females should receive annual pap smears to test for cervical cancer.
Genital Herpes Treatable, not curable One or more blister-like sores, in, on or around the genitals. Sore may look like a rash or cut and are often painful. Symptoms go away. Passed by skin-to-skin contact, so condoms will not be as effective. Can cause severe damage to infants of mothers with active infections at the time of delivery. Symptoms show up 1 to 30 days after sex or longer. Can be spread when there are no symptoms. Repeated flare-ups may occur after the first infection.

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