Student Health Services
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS— Be Aware of the Wind Chill
When the temperature drops below freezing, the risk of frostbite and hypothermia (lowered body temperature) become concerns to all of the campus community. As the temperature drops and the wind increases, the wind chill temperature (what the temperature feels like on the skin) can cause both frostbite and hypothermia to happen more quickly. Wearing proper winter clothing is very important during these freezing temperatures.
Frostbite freezes the skin, and can do permanent damage to the underlying tissue. Fingers, toes, noses and ears are particularly vulnerable. Hypothermia is more serious and happens when the body temperature falls below 960F. This usually happens when the body is exposed to the cold for an extended length of time. Hypothermia is a dangerous medical issue.
For more information on frostbite and hypothermia go to the Online Self-Care Guide at http://www.healthylife.com/online/healthieratschool/albion/FrostbiteHypothermia.html.
If you have further questions call Student Health Services at 629-0220 or in an Emergency call Campus Safety at 629-0911.
If you are sick or injured after-hours or on the weekend call FONEMED Nurse Call Service, an after hours advice line for illness or injury assistance. The number to call is 1-855-851-2208. This is a toll-free confidential line. No question is too minor, no concern too small.
To provide holistic and comprehensive care to Albion College students.
Student Health Services is open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for walk-in appointments.
Appointments with the doctor or the physician assistant are available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 517/629-0220 during our regular office hours.
If you have a medical emergency after office hours, please call Campus Safety at 517/629-1234 or, 517/629-0911 from a cell phone.
Student Health Services is located at 1003 E. Cass St., in the Cass Street Building. Our telephone number is 517/629-0220 or ext. 0220.
If you or someone you know requires emergency medical care, on campus call Campus Safety from a campus phone at ext. 0911, from a cell phone call 517/629-0911, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Twenty-four-hour-a-day emergency services can be accessed at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall (12 miles) or Foote Hospital in Jackson (15 miles). If you have the following life-threatening symptoms, it is important that you receive emergency treatment immediately:
- No breathing or pulse
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe bleeding
- Head or neck injury
- Severe sudden onset abdominal pain
- Drug overdose or alcohol poisoning
- Displaced fracture
- Severe sudden onset testicular pain
- Diabetic emergencies
If you are on campus, you should call Campus Safety at ext. 0911 or ext. 1234 so that an ambulance can be contacted. If you are off campus you should call 911.
Sick After Hours?
For symptoms that are not life-threatening when Student Health Services is closed, call FONEMED at 1-855-851-2208 toll-free, confidential for advice from Registered Nurses and follow their instructions.
In these situations, Campus Safety can only transport you to a hospital after hours with prior authorization from FONEMED.
If you are having respiratory or stomach illness, remember to check out the Self-Care Guide on-line or contact FONEMED toll-free at 1-855-851-2208 to speak with an after-hours triage nurse.
Try the Online Self-Care Guide (Current Albion students will need to log in with their network ID and password.)
Student Health Services Payment Policy
Student Health Services will no longer accept payments (cash, check, or credit card) for services not covered by Wellness Access. Any and all charges incurred at Student Health Services will be posted to your student account. You can make payment in the Accounting Office, located on the first floor of the Ferguson Student Services Building.
Should you prefer to pay for services rendered and avoid the charges being posted to your student account, the balance will be due within 30 days of the date of service. A receipt for the amount due will be given to you at the time of service. The charges may be paid in the Accounting Office. If the balance is not paid within 30 days, the charge will be added to your student account as a "Student Health Services Charge."
Please feel free to contact Student Health Services with any questions or concerns regarding our payment policy.
Please wash your hands!
Help protect yourself and others from illness!
Most germs are harmless, but you can pick up some that cause illnesses when you forget to wash your hands.
Washing your hands, and washing them properly with soap and water, is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs.
Spreading germs to others or giving them to ourselves happens when we touch our eyes, mouths, noses or wounds with unclean hands. Remember soap, water, friction and an adequate amount of time is what is needed to clean your hands.
How long to wash? The time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" is an adequate amount of time. Liquid alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a good substitute for washing when soap and water are not available. Remember: "Scrub well and Scrub often."
Consent Is Sexy
Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact that is coerced through threats or physical force, or any sexual contact that occurs while the victim is not able to give consent, such as while intoxicated.
To report a sexual assault, call any of these offices:
- Campus Safety at ext. 1234 or 0911.
- Counseling Services at ext. 0236
- Student Health Services at ext. 0220
- Sexual Assault Services 888/383-2192 (toll-free)
You have the right to report a sexual assault.
There really is no such thing as “safe sex”. Sexual activity of any type, eg. oral, vaginal, anal, genital-to-genital contact without penetration, can put you at risk for contracting an sexually transmitted disease or STI even if you wear a condom or use a dental dam. The terms STD or STI (sexually transmitted infection) can be used interchangeably. The only 100% way to protect yourself from becoming infected is to practice complete abstinence from all types of sexual activity.
Using condoms will help reduce your risk of contracting (or passing on) an STD. Condoms must be used correctly (know how to put one on!) and consistently (every time!) in order for them to be effective. Keep in mind that condoms are less effective in preventing diseases such as herpes and HPV, but they do reduce the risk of transmission.
Use a condom or a dental dam. Always. For any type of sex.
For additional information on Safer Sex go to www.albion.edu/shs and click on the Self-Care Guide, for testing options click on Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the left navigation bar. More questions? Call Student Health Services at x0220.