Bryan to open health clinic in January
November 22, 2006
Bryan College will open an on-campus health clinic in the spring semester, responding to requests from students and parents, President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay has announced.
The Bryan Health PolyClinic will occupy some 1,500 square feet of the lower level of the Rankin Communication Arts Center, which is being renovated to house the clinic.
The clinic will be staffed by medical personnel from Sports Care Chattanooga under the supervision of Dr. David Jenkinson. This fall, Sports Care Chattanooga opened a similar facility at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
“We have been working with Dr. Jenkinson and Sports Care Chattanooga for our athletic teams, but they are fully certified for general medical practice,” Dr. Livesay said. “They work with the major hospitals in Chattanooga and have a tremendous network of physicians in various specialties. If they can’t treat students here, they will be referred to somebody in their network."
Students will be charged a $60 per semester clinic fee to cover any co-pay the student insurance might require, allowing students to receive routine care at no charge. Faculty and staff and their families will have access to the clinic’s services, and community residents will be able to patronize the clinic on a fee-for-service basis. “We’re not in competition with local doctors but the clinic will be open to the public,” Dr. Livesay said.
Hours of operation will be determined during an evaluation period after the clinic opens when students return to campus in January. Dr. Livesay said plans call for the clinic to be open five days per week, and Saturday hours are being considered.
In addition to requests from students and their parents, the Bryan administration plans to open the clinic because of the growth in the number of on-campus students and the growing world missions program. Students planning missions trips to countries where special vaccinations are required will be able to secure their immunizations on campus for just the cost of the vaccine. “There often is not enough of the proper serum in Dayton for these students, so this should alleviate these kinds of problems,” Dr. Livesay said.
Clinic personnel also will provide health education and health records maintenance services for the college. “We have been blessed here to have avoided some of the major epidemics that go through college campuses from time to time, but we need to be prepared. The clinic can do that for us,” he said.
“We’ve also noticed health patterns among students that clinic personnel can address. Students tend to get run down, get sick and just hope they get better. Because of the time or cost, they don’t go to a doctor off-campus until they get really sick. This is going to help the overall health of the student body to get somebody up front to help them.”
Construction of the clinic is being accomplished by the Bryan College Operations staff, complemented by contractors.
The clinic is one of four major construction projects under way or scheduled for this academic year. A temporary gymnasium is nearing completion, providing much-needed practice space for Bryan’s intercollegiate athletic teams. Work is underway and scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the next semester on an athletic training facility. The new building will provide adequate space for trainers to care for athletes injured in practices or games. At the conclusion of the basketball season next March, renovations are scheduled to begin on Summers Gymnasium to provide new offices, weight and exercise rooms and dressing rooms.
The Rankin Center, dedicated in October 2005, houses the college’s communication studies department, student publications offices and offices for the staff of Summit Ministries and the Bryan Worldview Teams.