PARKERSBURG — Students and staff of Ohio Valley University now have access to health care right on the campus as the university partnered with Coplin Health Systems to open the OVU Student Health Center.
Coplin Health Systems has a nurse on site to see patients and set them up with a virtual appointment with a physician and, if needed, an in-person office visit at the Camden Avenue campus, according to Jenna Carr, Wood County Site Director for Coplin Health Systems.
“We are excited to partner with OVU and to serve the health needs of the students, faculty and staff of OVU,” said Rob Dudley, CEO of Coplin. “The campus community will now have access to quality healthcare services on campus through telehealth.”
The idea came about when Coplin Health visited the campus and met with administrators who felt like a health center would be welcomed among the students and staff.
“When you’re on campus, there’s people from different states and sometimes different countries.
When you go to college you don’t expect it to be in the middle of a pandemic,” Carr said. “As a parent, it’s reassuring to have a health care center that’s close by that’s willing to do whatever it takes to make sure their health care needs are met.”
The health center accepts most insurances and will see patients regardless of whether or not they have insurance; for those who don’t have insurance, they offer a sliding fee scale.
“We do our best to work with our patients to make sure we can meet their needs in the most cost effective manner. We will never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay,” Carr said.
The student health center made its debut Sept. 28 when administrators from Coplin spoke to the students during their Chapel session to tell them about the new facility.
“Our maintenance crew did a really good job of setting the space up. The students were really excited about having it,” Carr said.
The health center is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
“We are so thankful to Coplin Health Systems for their interest and investment in this partnership to be a blessing to our campus community,” said the OVU Dean of Students, Dorn L. Muscar Jr., DMin. “The campus community is beyond excited about this partnership and will be a great aide for us to be a healthy campus.”
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