Published: Friday, September 7, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 7, 2012 14:09
Senior acting major Ray Seams prepares a hot dog Wednesday afternoon at Cassidy Hall for the Student Health Center BBQ.
With a new school year comes new colds, coughs, sniffing, sneezing, aches, pains, viruses and all sorts of airborne illnesses.
Luckily for UNC students, the Student Health Center, located in Cassidy Hall, is able to help cure all of what might ail students. And to celebrate its fifth anniversary of being on campus, the Student Health Center held a barbecue Wednesday on its front lawn.
“The Student Health Center organized a barbecue to celebrate its fifth year not only on campus but because every few years the Student Health Center changes ownership,” said Student Health Center Coordinator Cece Clark. “Before now, it was bought by Banner Health. Now the Student Health Center is managed by Dr. Greg Denzel and Dr. Nathan Ginn.”
Ginn is a practicing chiropractor and is officially a part of the UNC family with his newfound ownership of the Student Health Center.
“UNC has always had a health center,” said Ginn, who is also the director of operations for the Student Health Center. “But they decided to outsource the positions within the health center to other independent health facilities around Greeley. They’ve been doing this since 2008.”
People who work in the Student Health Center have agreed that when they get to interact with students and provide them with treatment, it makes them feel good.
“I love seeing the students come in and helping them because they’re so exciting,” Clark said. “The whole staff loves when the new school year starts because we have students coming in and they have a lot of energy.
“The Student Health Center is a great comfort to some of the students who don’t have transportation so they can’t see other clinics in the area so we can help them figure out what is wrong and if they need to go to another facility. It is just more convenient for students.”
Students who attended the barbeque not only enjoyed the free hot dogs and chocolate cupcakes but were able to get free meningitis shots. A lot of the students looked forward to learning more about the clinic.
“I’m interested in finding out what they can provide for me in terms of health care just so that I can keep it in my mind for the next time I come down with the flu or something else happens while I’m at school,” said Kelley Giovanini, a sophomore nursing major. “I don’t want to have to go all the way to the hospital if it turns out that I can just walk a couple of blocks to Cassidy Hall.”
The Student Health Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will become open on Saturdays starting in October.
“The students are actually interested in finding out the real problem or if they have an illness,” Ginn said. “Young people are much more informed, and they know a lot more of the health risks that might be affecting them. We like to help students find out how to prevent common illnesses also.”
The Student Health Center will also hold a Student Health Fair Oct. 23 in South Hall.
“It will have a Halloween theme,” said Clark. “There’ll be vampires drawing blood and all that. It’ll be bigger and better than last year’s fair.”