Since opening its doors to CU Anschutz students, faculty and staff, the Campus Health Center (CHC) has become a source for care on everything from the common cold and bruises to behavioral health. From September 2015 to July 2016 the Campus Health Center has received 2,697 visits, averaging from 200–500 patients each month.
“Our monthly visit volume has more than doubled in the first year,” said Luciana Smith, CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center clinic director. ”Even with the increasing number of visits, no one has been getting turned away. It is making a real impression on campus.”
Being able to receive same-day care is a significant benefit for the CU Anschutz community, especially given the rigors of studies, research and other responsibilities. Located on the second floor of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, the CHC has continued to see frequent use in the summer months as many students have visited for immunizations prior to the fall semester.
The Campus Health Center is open 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Monday–Friday, and 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday. Learn more about the center.
While physical and behavioral health services continue to be in high demand for CHC patients, the staff at the center are evaluating what other services might be added to provide even more comprehensive care for the campus community.
Since opening, a certified nurse midwife has joined the care team one day a week to provide contraceptive counseling and enhanced contraceptive services as well.
“Students have been pleased with the services we have been able to provide as well as the accessibility of those services,” said Amy Barton, associate dean for clinical and community affairs for the College of Nursing. “We are excited about seeing what a full school year holds and how we need to respond based on what is preferred by the students.”
Several initiatives are planned to enhance services and increase awareness of the CHC. A student advisory group is being formed and will provide formal recommendations on the services offered at the center. Additionally, outreach activities planned for campus events will remind students, faculty and staff that the CHC is available should the need arise.
“I’m incredibly pleased with the provider team and their responsiveness to student needs,” Barton said. “I look forward to continuing to improve the services we offer through the student perspective.”