Wilberforce University, Premier Health Partner to Expand Student Health Care

Wilberforce Students Will Now Have Round-the-Clock Access to Virtual Care

WILBERFORCE, Ohio (September 15, 2021) – Premier Health and Wilberforce University are launching a new health clinic on campus for students this month inside the university’s Louis B. Stokes Health Center.

Services provided within the Wilberforce University Premier Health Student Clinic are free to students who show their university ID card. The clinic will treat a variety of illnesses and injuries and will provide various vaccinations as well as diagnostic and other services, including mental health services.

The student clinic is staffed by a Premier Health advanced practice provider and radiology technologist or medical assistant between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. In addition, students will have 24/7/365 access to virtual care visits from Premier Health Urgent Care providers.

The expanded access to care is part of a trend on college campuses in recent decades, driven in part by the demand for behavioral health services and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A more contemporary, updated, student-focused health center, including virtual care, will be unveiled on Sept. 15.

"We are very excited about this partnership with Premier Health, which reaffirms our shared commitment to providing first class health care for our students,” said Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard, president of Wilberforce University. “This partnership is especially timely given the persistent challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on university campus communities. We are also committed to wellness and maintaining a healthy campus community and this partnership helps us achieve that end and better health outcomes for our students. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Premier Health.”

Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health, said the new partnership reflects the health system’s commitment to expand access to care throughout Southwest Ohio, including on local college campuses.

“We continue to seek out innovative ways to expand access to care across the communities that we serve, and that’s often accomplished through collaboration with like-minded partners like Wilberforce University,” Boosalis said. “We are so pleased to play a role in connecting students with the health care they need, as well as to promote physical and mental well-being.”

“This is a great way for the university to show that it cares not only about our academics, but also our physical and mental well-being,” said Alexander Murphy, Wilberforce University’s student government vice president. “It's another way that WU is providing a healthy lifestyle for our students.”

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