Student Health Services
Eugene I. Kane Student Health and Fitness Center / 202-319-5744 / http://health.cua.edu/ / Student Health Services Website
Student Health Services operates an outpatient primary healthcare facility for students. In addition to providing medical care for illnesses and injuries, a team of medical professionals are actively involved in campus health education. The staff helps students better understand the nature and causes of medical problems and injuries, the importance of treatment and prevention. To promote lifelong wellness and to support academic success, students are encouraged to learn how to reduce their risk of disease and injury and to make appropriate lifestyle choices.
In compliance with the Immunization Law of the District of Columbia, The Catholic University of America requires immunization documentation for all students under the age of 26. The specific requirements and the University policy can be reviewed here. A late fee determined by the annual institutional fee structure will be assigned to a student’s account if the records are received late or are received and are incomplete. The records must be submitted on the patient portal and supporting documents uploaded. The instuctions for this can be found here.
Student Health Services Staff
The Student Health Services staff includes a board-certified family physician and three Nurse Practitioners. The staff also includes an office manager, two Registed Nurses. There are always at least two health care providers available to see patients Monday through Friday during business hours.
Student Health Services Hours of Operation
Student Health Services is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. We are also open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for sick visits. It is understood that students have schedules to keep and given this, students are encouraged to make appointments whenever possible. Emergencies are always given priority. Service is provided for all medical problems from the most mundane to the more complex. Should a specialty referral be necessary, we work closely with many local specialists for referrals. Student Health Services is a “specialist” in caring for the college-age population and promotes wellness through counseling and education regarding positive health behaviors.
After-hours coverage is provided by the family physicians at Fort Lincoln Family Medicine Center. If a student has a medical problem or injury that cannot wait until routine office hours, the student should call the Providence Hospital operator at 202-269-7000 and identify himself or herself as a CUA student. The family practice physician will either give phone advice or ask the student to report to the emergency room at Providence Hospital. The student may also choose to visit any local emergency room of their choice. These instructions are on the Student Health Services answering machine and website. Providence Hospital is a Catholic community hospital run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and is located within one mile of the university.
Fees and Billing
There is no charge to be seen at Student Health Services. There are, however, fees for on-site lab testing, nebulization treatments and certain medical supplies. These fees are billed to student accounts.
All students are required by the university to have health insurance coverage. Health insurance is not required for visits to Student Health Services but is required for any lab or X-ray studies requested by the physician or nurse practitioner. Any medical care received outside of Student Health Services is the responsibility of the student. Check the details of your health insurance coverage. All students need to have a duplicate or a photocopy of their insurance card. All students, regardless of their insurance carrier, are eligible to be seen at Student Health Services.
When students have a significant illness or injury, they are encouraged to sign a consent form that gives the Student Health Services staff permission to speak with their families. If the student desires, a call can be initiated to their parents.
All health service records are confidential. No medical information will be released, either verbally or in writing, without the patient’s written permission. This restriction on information release applies to parents, faculty and university staff. Student Health Services does not have an overnight infirmary. If a student is felt to be too ill to return to the residence halls, he or she will be referred to the emergency room. The provider will request the student’s permission to contact the Dean of Student’s office, and the student is encouraged to contact their parent or emergency contact.
Student Health Services has a limited on site pharmacy. We stock many over the counter medications as well as some few generic prescription medications. This is provided as a convenience to students that are seen at Student Health Services and prescribed medications by the health care provider. These medications will be billed to the student account. Due to HIPAA regulations, we are not able to use pharmacy insurance coverage. We do not serve as a free standing pharmacy that outside providers can fax or send prescriptions to. A student can always get a written prescription by the provider that sees them and take the prescription to the pharmacy of their choice.
A student who has not provided documentation of immunity to Student Health Services as required by this policy jeopardizes their continued enrollment at the University. A restrictive hold will be placed on that student’s account on the add/drop deadline date preventing registration for the following semester until the above noted documentation has been provided.