Student Health Center saves a life

Elizabeth Ortiz

 

While feeling ill during school, biology major Maria Miranda felt a $18 campus health visit was affordable and convenient. She went to the health center and shortly after was rushed to the hospital due to a kidney infection. Maria claims that the Saddleback Student Health Center saved her life.

According to www.liver.theclinics.com, an information site on liver health, 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.

Office manager Robin Wilson said 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,” Wilson while checking in Miranda.   

All services are confidential, and 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,” said Nathan Staiter, business, who sat next to Miranda.

They also provide a Helping Hand food bank for the first and third Wednesday of the month and a Farsi speaking counselor. said, Laden Boustani.

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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