Health Service welcomed the 2012-2013 academic year with the implementation of a state-of-the-art Electronic Medical Records system, to which students have responded quite positively. The system also has the capability of adding interactive features for students to further enhance our delivery of medical care. Additionally, a new Director was appointed, and three new staff members were hired, including a Nurse Practitioner, a Staff RN, (both of whom are Duquesne alumnae), and a Campus Relations RN who oversees outreach to residence halls, organizations and events throughout the campus. Another new feature in our department is the introduction of the “RN Triage and Advice” telephone extension which allows students to speak directly with a Staff Nurse to answer questions, provide advice and schedule appointments with the appropriate clinical staff.
Health Service endeavors to uphold the mission of Duquesne University to promote and facilitate the pursuit and achievement of total wellbeing. Our medical team of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistant, Registered Dietitian, Registered Nurses, and our administrative staff, aspire to help Duquesne students develop a self-understanding and lifestyle pattern of complete well-being within the totality of all dimensions of wellness: spiritual – emotional – intellectual – occupational – physical – social – and environmental. Students with questions about their health, those with longstanding medical concerns, and any with an acute or immediate health related need, are able to be served by our staff. Living independently in college is a growth opportunity on many levels. Learning to evaluate one’s own physical health, how to access medical care and achieving understanding of care and prevention are all personal growth opportunities. Our staff will guide students through this learning process, and during their life at Duquesne they will develop skills to aid in making health care choices to benefit them throughout their adult lives.
Proudly, we partner with various departments within the Division of Student Life and the University to promote wellness through health education programming and preventative care education to increase student’s awareness of wellness of body, mind, and soul. Truly, we are a service for and about the students of Duquesne University; a resource and source of preventative care, a confidential and thorough acute-care provider, a support to all aspects of student life as we help prepare them for their futures as health-minded, educated consumers of health care in society.