Saddleback student health center saves a life

Elizabeth Ortiz

For just $18 a semester, Maria Miranda, 18, biology, felt a campus health visit was affordable and convenient if you were feeling ill on campus. But before she knew it, she was rushed to the hospital due to a kidney infection. She claims that the Saddleback Student Health Center saved her life.

According to Clinics in Liver disease, consultations are commonly encountered in clinical gastroenterology practice and many issues are complicated and infrequently seen. Some conditions have potential life-threatening consequences.

“Now I am getting better and and get regular check ups here on campus,” Miranda said. “This is my first semester and it helps with my expenses.”

The Student Health Center offers health care and psychological counseling to currently enrolled students. Care is provided by physicians, registered nurses and mental health counselors.

The purpose is not to replace your primary physician, but treat minor temporary conditions.

“There has been an increase of students this semester, but I am glad we are getting students so they can go on there way to keep studying,” Robin Wilson, office manager said, while checking in Miranda.   

All services are confidential. Provided services include: low cost lab testing, pap smears, emergency first aid, health counseling referrals and immunizations.

“I came in for blood work because it was more cost effective,” Nathan Staiter, business.

They also provide Helping Hand food banks and stress management technique classes for Farsi speaking students.

The Student Health Center can be located in the SSC, room 177. (949) 582-4606. www.saddleback.edu/shc
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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