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Cheryl Krause, BSN, RN-BC

Sharon Boyce, MD
Medical Director

Thomas Reeves, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Betsy Caroll-Crist PA-C
Physician Assistant

Susie Solis, BA, RN
Assistant Director

Melissa Sommers, RMA
Medical Assistant

Update on Flu in Michigan

FLU cases are widespread throughout Michigan according to an alert from the Michigan Department of Community Health released on Jan. 3, 2013. Local Emergency Departments are reporting double the usual number of cases of flu presenting for treatment. State health authorities are encouraging people to have a Flu Shot if they have not received one. Flu shots continue to be available to staff, faculty, and students daily Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Student Health Services on a walk-in basis. Staff and faculty are reminded the flu shots need to be paid for in Accounting prior to arriving at Student Health Services. Student shots will be billed to their College account. The cost is $25.00.

To avoid the flu, take the following steps:

  1. Wash your hands, especially before eating, after using the bathroom, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If no soap and water are available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  2. Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. Sneeze or cough into your sleeve, not into your open hand.
  3. Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids, water is the preferred choice.
  5. Dress appropriately for the weather.
  6. Get plenty of sleep.
  7. Exercise regularly.

If you are ill with symptoms of the flu, stay home to avoid passing it to others. Symptoms include:

  1. Fever (101F-104F), may last 3-5 days
  2. Headache, sudden onset, can be severe
  3. Body aches, may be severe
  4. Fatigue/Weakness, sudden onset, can last 2-3 weeks
  5. Chest discomfort/cough, dry, hacking, can be severe
  6. Stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat can be present, although usually not severe

Remember, flu can begin suddenly and spread quickly. Please help our Campus Community avoid the flu outbreak we had in 2011. Wash your hands (hand sanitizer is available for all campus departments through Purchasing), cover your cough, sneeze into your sleeve, and dispose of used tissues properly and promptly.

Student Health Services

Important Information

SHS Hours

Hours for Student Health Services are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The staff begins to see students at 8:30am. Physician hours are Monday 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., and the Physician Assistant hours are Wednesday morning 8:30 p.m. - 11:30 a.m. and Thursday afternoon 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

If you have an emergency after hours, call Campus Safety at 517/629-0911 or 517/629-1234.

Medical Emergency

If you have a medical emergency, please call Campus Safety at 517/629-0911 or call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.   If you are in doubt about what to do, call Campus Safety 0911 for assistance.

Information on Zika

 For answers to questions about Zika click here.

Information on MRSA

For information on MRSA (Methacillin Resistant Staph Aureus) click here


New International Student Health Insurance 

For information on new international student health insurance click here.

Click here for Athletic Physical Forms  

Student Health Insurance
Albion College does not offer a Student Health Insurance Policy except for International Students.  If you are in need of health insurance you may consult  This site will link you to other sites and explain your options under the Affordable Care Act.  



Our Mission  

To provide holistic and comprehensive care to Albion College students.

Service Hours  

Student Health Services is open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m Monday- Friday.  Walk-in hours to see the Registered Nurses are 8:30am-4:00pm. 

Appointments are available with the College Physician--Mondays from 1:30pm-4:00pm or the Physician Assistant- Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am or Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm.  You may schedule an appointment by calling 517-629-0220 or ext 0220. 

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. For appointments and other information call 517/629-0220 or ext. 0220.

Emergency Care

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      
  • Unconsciousness          
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe bleeding                 
  • Head or neck injury        
  • Choking
  • 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.)

Medical Excuse Policy

Student Health Services does not provide medical excuses for missed classes, exams, or assignments.  “The student has the responsibility to inform his/her faculty member, whenever possible in advance of an absence that is caused by circumstances beyond his/her control.  In the event of serious sudden illness or accident, students may contact Student Health Services.   Notification of this emergency to faculty may be made on the student’s behalf with a signed release of information.” (Albion College Student Handbook, 2014-15 pg. 18).

After visiting Student Health Services, students may request a card verifying their visit.  This card IS NOT an excuse, and does not give a diagnosis. 

It is the expectation of students to discuss absences from classes, exams, or missing assignments directly with their faculty.  This policy is consistent with the recommendations of the American College Health Association and is similar to other colleges. 

Further questions?   Contact Student Health Services at ext. 0220.

Student Health Services Payment Policy

Student Health Services does not 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.  To learn more about preventing illness go to Student Self-
Care Guide

got consent?  "Only Yes means Yes"
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.

Emergency Contraception

Sexual Assault and Harassment Procedures

Safe Sex?

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.  Both Condoms and dental dams are available free of charge in the lobby area of Student Health Services.

Use a condom or a dental dam. Always. For any type of sex.

For additional information on Safer Sex go to 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.

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