Monday, January 21, 2013

New Health Center for USC Students

Hello Trojan Buildings' Residents!  
We really want you all to be happy and healthy during your time at the University of Southern California.  Here is some information about the new Student Health Center which is provided by the university to serve you while here in Los Angeles.  

excerpts from "New health center opens doors" by Anika Crone of the Daily Trojan, 1/16/13

The USC Engemann Student Health Center, which stands more than double the size of the old center, opened Jan. 4 to accommodate the needs of the growing USC student population. 
Administrators said the center’s new features make it more productive. All of the programs that the student health center offers are centralized, with the counseling office moved to the health center. There is also a state-of-the-art call center, which responds to students’ calls more efficiently, as well as three times the number of exam rooms. Additionally, the center also features a student educational resource room.  The health center also has a 24-hour nurse hotline that covers everything from mental health calls to simple scrapes. The center also has a pharmacy on its lower level.  The health center moved from its previous location on 34th Street to 1031 W. 34th St., next to Fluor Tower, because of its larger size.
Many students said they are happy with the new health center because they felt certain aspects of the old health center was inadequate for their needs.  “The only thing that needed improvement was wait time. Even when I made an appointment, it took forever for me to see a doctor,” said Candice Coll, a freshman majoring in psychology.
Melissa Bonner, a freshman majoring in neuroscience, said she has already noticed improvements.  “It was much easier to check in and see my doctor,” Bonner said. “It’s more spacious and it will allow for more patients to come and its much more aesthetically pleasing.”
The new center is 105,000 square feet and six stories tall, while the old one was two stories tall, built in 1951 and required some services to be housed elsewhere because of a lack of space.  The old location of the student health center will be used to house the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, set to open in spring 2014.
USC donors and faculty have high hopes that the new health center will increase productivity for the growing USC University Park Campus.

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