ONE OF the true tests of growing up is how you handle your first illness away from home. Do you take a NyQuil and hope to sleep off your illness, or do you go to the doctor? What do you do if something major happens and you can't handle it yourself?
Never fear, Class of 2018—if you’re living on campus and need some healthcare, your college has you covered.
Three universities in Savannah—Armstrong State University, SCAD, and Savannah State—each have a clinic available to currently enrolled students. Schools with residence halls are required to have on-campus health services for students living on campus, but the care provided at these clinics does more than meet a requirement.
Memorial Health University Medical Center runs the clinics for both Armstrong and SCAD, and Savannah State’s clinic, Harris-McDew, is run through United Healthcare. All three provide the basic healthcare services that one might expect —cold and flu management, physicals, prescriptions—but some services are specifically tailored to students and the college lifestyle.
The clinics all offer STD and pregnancy testing and contraceptive management, as well as prescription fulfillment.
The freedom and privacy offered by this can be immensely gratifying—this doctor won’t tell your mom about the birth control pills you’re on or that you came in asking for help with a drug problem.
Each clinic also offers smoking cessation, a popular service offered back in 2012 when Armstrong banned smoking on campus. It may increase in popularity as the University System of Georgia recently banned smoking on all of its public school campuses.
Savannah State is one of the USG schools newly affected by the ban, and the smoking cessation service can help make that transition easier, as it did for Armstrong’s students trying to wean off the habit.
The Armstrong and SCAD clinics are funded through student fees, meaning that students pay for their clinic access but still have to pay each time they go. Both clinics accept insurance, but cash or debit payments are also accepted, allowing for discretion if necessary.
Each visit to Armstrong’s clinic costs $10; SCAD’s cost $45 but can also be paid with the SCAD Card.
However, Savannah State’s clinic seems to be more inclusive. By paying the health fee, included in annual tuition, students gain unlimited access to the clinic, as well as no additional costs to services provided. Comparatively, Harris-McDew also seems to offer just as many services as Armstrong and SCAD’s clinics do.
Knowing that students may not be able to travel in times of great illness, each clinic is in a fairly central location. Armstrong’s clinic is located on campus near the residence halls. Savannah State’s clinic is at 3219 College Street, also adjacent to the Payne residence hall. SCAD’s clinic is at 300 Bull Street in the Desoto Hilton building, nearest the Admission Welcome Center.
Since the clinics have fairly standard business hours, they each recommend going to emergency facilities for after-hours care. For Armstrong students, the Urgent One clinic on Abercorn St. is a good option since it’s also run by Memorial, making document transfer and other factors easier.
On its website, Harris-McDew recommends the St. Joseph/Candler hospital for emergencies, as well as other primary healthcare providers.
SCAD students have Urgent Care of Historic Savannah just a few blocks away on Lincoln Street, as well as Southern Urgent Care on Whitaker.
Next time you need medical help, don’t feel pressured to find a general provider immediately. Your campus can help you with all the basics.