Health Center

Health Center2019-05-08T10:20:36-04:00

A place you can trust for urgent care, preventative care, and answers to your medical questions.

At the Saint Joseph’s College Health & Wellness Center, we’re committed to answering your questions and helping you get the care you need.

Health Forms

Maine State law requires written documentation on all students’ immunization history. Requirements are listed below and must be completed prior to coming to the college campus. In order to provide quality medical care while you are on campus, we require knowledge of your previous medical history and a current (within the past one year) pre-entrance physical exam by your physician. If you are chronically ill or take medication regularly, or if you are coming to Saint Joseph’s with an unhealed injury or problem, please ask your physician to send a complete report, including a treatment plan. If you are on regular medication, it is recommended that you bring a prescription for that medication with you to school so that it may be filled at a local pharmacy, if necessary. Most medications can be refilled by the Health and Wellness Center staff with appropriate follow-up appointments.

Completed forms can be emailed to healthcenter@sjcme.edu or faxed to 207-893-7865.

Student Health Insurance Program

In accordance with federal law and the College policy, all students must be enrolled in a form of health insurance. To this end, students are automatically enrolled in the Saint Joseph’s Student Health Insurance Program for which a separate fee is charged, viewable on each student’s billing statement through the Treasurer’s Office. Students have the opportunity to opt out of the automatic Saint Joseph’s Student Health Insurance Program, provided the student or family can provide proof of coverage by private medical insurance. Instructions for providing proof of coverage are below. The College is pleased to partner with Cross Insurance Agency as our student health insurance manager. Visit http://www.crossagency.com/sjc for specific information about the Saint Joseph’s student health insurance policy.

Student insurance waiver notice instructions

  1. Log into your student portal (Campus Café)
  2. Username/Password is same as your email. Contact IT (207-893-7851) for assistance.
  3. Click on My Info
  4. Click on Web Services
  5. Click on Health Insurance Acceptance/Waiver
  6. Follow the instructions to complete the waiver process.It is mandatory that a copy of the front and back of your insurance card be mailed or emailed to Health and Wellness Center. Email card to healthcenter@sjcme.edu or mail card to 278 Whites Bridge Rd., Standish, ME 04084.
    DO NOT FAX INSURANCE CARDS!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Students and families often have questions about the health services offered on campus.  Below you will find some of the most commonly asked questions, along with answers. If you still have questions, please Contact the Health & Wellness Center at  healthcenter@sjcme.edu or by calling (207) 893-6634.

Do I need health insurance to be seen at the Health & Wellness Center?2019-05-06T10:18:40-04:00

Although most of the services rendered at the Health Center are covered by the Health Service Fee, in accordance with federal law and the College policy, all students must be enrolled in a form of health insurance http://www.crossagency.com/sjc.

I am on a daily prescription medication that will require a refill monthly. Do I have to get the prescription for the refills through my doctor?2019-05-06T10:18:32-04:00

No, the nurse practitioner at the Health & Wellness Center can write refill prescriptions for your routine medications. The prescription can then be taken to one of our local pharmacies listed below to be filled (all within 5 miles of campus).

  • Walgreens (207) 893-2562
  • CVS (207) 892-2541
  • Hannaford (207) 892-8571
  • Walmart (207) 893-0654
I cannot register for classes because I have not submitted my immunization records. Can you lift my hold?2019-05-06T10:17:18-04:00

Maine State law requires written documentation of immunization history for all of our students. The Health & Wellness Center places holds on student accounts when students have not provided the required immunization documentation. If there is a hold on your registration, you should contact the Health Center at (207) 893-6634 to determine which documentation we are missing. All registration holds are temporary until a student brings us the documentation to verify missing vaccinations.

I missed class because I am sick. Can you write me a note to excuse my absence from class?2019-05-06T10:15:18-04:00

If you are sick, you should notify your professor in the manner instructed on your course syllabus prior to missing a class.

The Health & Wellness Center will provide documentation to verify the date they were seen for an appointment or a reported illness, but no further information will be provided.

It is at the discretion of the professor if this is adequate documentation to support the absence.

In certain circumstances, the nurse practitioner may recommend a student not attend class for a specified time period. For example, such circumstances would include diagnosis of a communicable diseases such as Influenza or a condition requiring that you leave campus for home or the hospital. At that point, the Health & Wellness Center would notify the Academic Affairs Office.

Is my medical information confidential?2019-05-06T10:18:22-04:00

Yes, your medical information is confidential. Based on the HIPPA regulations governing patient confidentiality, if you are over 18 years old, your medical information will not be shared with anyone, including your parents, professors, partners, friends and other medical providers, unless you provide your consent. Medical information will be released only in cases of medical emergencies (including threats of harm to self or others) or when otherwise required by law.

NOTE: If your health insurance is billed during a visit to the Health Center (labs, x-rays, prescriptions), your insurance provider may send an explanation of benefits (EOB) to the policy subscriber, often a parent. It is important for you to call the customer service number on your insurance card to ask what their EOB procedure is if confidentiality is a concern.

Is there a charge or co-pay to be seen at the Health & Wellness Center?2019-05-06T10:18:57-04:00

No, you have already paid for the majority of our services! These are included in your Health & Counseling Service Fee, applied via your tuition and billed to your student account. You can be seen by the nurse practitioner and registered nurse as many times as needed during the semester.

Sometimes, however, depending on the procedure or treatment plan, your health insurance may be billed. Students are responsible for balances that are not covered by health insurance.

Your health insurance will only be charged for the following services:

  • Any service provided off-campus (ER visits, Specialist evaluations, X-Rays)
  • Prescriptions obtained at the local pharmacy (however, we can write them for you)
  • Lab work that is sent off-site for testing (blood testing, STD testing, Pap Smears, Throat Cultures)
  • Vaccinations
  • Cryosurgery (wart/lesion removal)
What health services are available and included in the Health Service Fee?2019-05-06T10:18:49-04:00
  • Unlimited office visits that include competent diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of illness/injuries by a nurse practitioner and/or registered nurse.
  • Basic in-house lab services that includes strep testing, influenza testing, glucose testing, cholesterol testing, monospot testing, urinalysis testing, and pregnancy testing.
  • Physical exams
  • Sports physicals (non NCAA athletes)
  • Gynecological exams
  • A wide variety of over the counter medications (Tylenol/Ibuprofen, antidiarrheals, throat lozenges, cold relief tablets, Sudafed, fungal cream, Bacitracin, hydrocortisone cream)
  • Limited prescription medications (antibiotics, eye drops, inhalers)
  • Ice packs and ace wraps
  • Allergy injections
  • Nebulizer treatments
  • Referrals to specialists
  • Educational programming and health promotion
What hours are the Health & Wellness Center open?2019-05-06T10:19:34-04:00

Health services are provided by our nurse practitioner and/or registered nurse Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. We encourage you to schedule an appointment in person, by telephone, or via email. Walk-ins are always welcome.

What if I don’t have access to a car and require transportation to a quick-care or hospital for non-emergency care?2019-05-06T10:19:15-04:00

The college has a working relationship with Windham Taxi and students are encouraged to utilize their services when necessary. They can be reached at (207) 293-7605.

* Fees incurred for services of this nature will be covered/reimbursed by the college.

What if I get sick after the Health & Wellness Center is closed?2019-05-06T10:19:24-04:00

If you are unable to wait until the Health Center is open and you’re having an emergency, please call security at extension 7911.  From your cell phone, you can also dial (207) 893-7911.

There are three local Urgent Care facilities which are open 8am-8pm, 7 days per week for minor emergencies. They are listed below, as is the estimated driving time from campus:

Mercy Express Care (10 min)
409 Roosevelt Trail
Windham, ME 04062
207-893-0290

Mercy Express Care (20 min)
40 Park Rd
Westbrook, ME 04092
207-857-8174

Brighton First Care (25 min)
335 Brighton Ave
Portland, ME 04101
207-662-8111

You must provide your own transportation to these urgent care facilities. As a general reminder, keep a copy of your insurance card with you at all times.

If you have a life threatening emergency, Standish Rescue (EMS) can be called by Campus Safety (x 7911)  and you will be transported to the hospital of your choice. The two local hospitals for 24-hour care include:

Mercy Hospital (35 min)
144 State Street
Portland, ME 04101
207-879-3266 ER
207-879-3000 main #

Maine Medical Center (35 min)
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME 04101
207-871-2381 ER
207-662-0111 main #

Where is the Health & Wellness Center located?2019-05-06T10:19:44-04:00

We are located on the first floor of Carmel Hall. This is the residence hall building adjacent to Standish Hall and the Campus Safety office.

Who can I talk to about a medical bill if I’m concerned about cost of service or an insurance bill I have received?2019-05-06T10:12:30-04:00

You can call the Health & Wellness Center at (207) 893-6634 and request to speak to Doreen Webber about your bill. We also utilize Physician Billing and Consulting as our billing service. They can be reached at (207) 777-5370.

If you are enrolled in the College Health Insurance Plan, you may also contact Cross Insurance at (207) 783-8591.

Who is eligible to use the Health & Wellness Center?2019-05-06T10:19:07-04:00

All full and part-time enrolled Saint Joseph’s College on-campus and commuter students.

Meet the Staff

Sheri Piers, ANP-C
spiers@sjcme.edu
Sheri is a board certified adult nurse practitioner who serves as the health and wellness director at SJC. Sheri is in the office to see students Monday through Friday. She is also involved in many educational and health promotion activities on campus.

Patricia Duchette, RN
pduchette@sjcme.edu

Susan McNeil, RN
smcneil@sjcme.edu

Our registered nurses are in the office daily to triage students, assist with general medical care, set up appointments for students to see our providers and assist students with most all of their medical needs.

Doreen Webber, Adm. Assistant
dwebber@sjcme.edu
Doreen is in the office daily to help students with insurance questions and schedule appointments. She is also responsible for tracking all immunizations and medical forms which are required by state law.

Contact Us

Location: Carmel Hall
Phone: 207-893-6634
Fax: 207-893-7865
healthcenter@sjcme.edu

Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm