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Edwards Student Center, x2451

Located on the top level of the Edwards Student Center, Health Services is staffed Monday through Friday, when classes are in session. Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Thursdays, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. Health Services is staffed by nurse practitioners and a part-time physician. Emergency services are available through the Newton-Wellesley Hospital - 617.243.6000 (approximately one-half mile from the Lasell campus). When the Health Services office is closed, non-emergency care may be received at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Urgent Care Center in Waltham – 617-243-5590 (approximately 2.5 miles from campus). Any student requiring off-campus care should bring their health insurance information with them to the medical provider. Any fees incurred for off-campus care are the responsibility of the student, and students will need to arrange their own transportation. Whenever a student feels that they require emergency medical care after business hours, they should first contact Campus Police at 617-243-2279.

Clinical Philosophy – Health Services provides high quality health care and health promotion to improve students’ overall health, to support their educational goals, and to develop skills for long-term healthy lifestyles. Our physician and team of nurse practitioners believe in a holistic approach to health, which includes optimal physical, emotional, and social well-being. The staff provides comprehensive primary care for routine health care issues, illness, and injury, and they believe that health care is a partnership between the student and the health care provider. Health Services’ staff do not write medical excuse notes for class absences unless there are unusual circumstances such as hospitalizations or acute illness, requiring a student to miss a week or more of classes.

Confidentiality - All visits, discussions, treatments and records are confidential. The HIPPA Privacy Rules (April 14, 2003) safeguard the use and disclosure of your identifiable health information and place certain requirements on what is known protected health information. We do not release health information to anyone without your written permission unless, in our judgment, it is necessary to protect you or others from immediate physical danger.

Prior to registration Lasell College requires all full-time students to submit a health form which includes a physical examination within 12 months of matriculation, and a medical history form. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that every full-time student provide proof of immunizations. These requirements include: three Hepatitis B, two MMR, two Varicella (chicken pox), one tetanus/pertussis (TDap), within the past five years, one Meningococcal with the past five years (or a signed Meningitis Waiver form). In addition, Lasell College requires completion of a Tuberculin Risk Questionnaire. If these documents are not completed within thirty (30) days of arrival to Lasell, a student will be prevented from registering for classes for the following semester. Any student considering an international study abroad program/international service learning experience is urged to get the immunizations appropriate to their travel/study experience. Students should not delay in getting the appropriate immunizations. It is suggested that Hepatitis A vaccines (two shot series) be initiated at least 6 months prior to international travel.

The College's comprehensive fee entitles students to consultations with the professional medical staff during their scheduled hours. In addition to the treatment of illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions, the staff members perform routine pelvic exams, various STD testing, order lab work, draw blood, administer urine and blood tests, refer to specialists, and write prescriptions for most commonly used medications including birth control. Health education and counseling are available on various subjects such as nutrition, alcohol education, sexuality, eating disorders, birth control, emotional problems and sexually transmitted infections. If a student should become ill, hospitalization may become necessary. If a student contracts a contagious disease, the College reserves the right to require that student to return to their home within 24 hours of diagnosis. Health Services does not initiate or prescribe medications for Attention Deficit Disorders.

Students must be enrolled in some health insurance policy as stipulated by Chapter 23 of the General Laws of Massachusetts. Students must provide documentation of their health insurance policy name and identification number. Insurance is necessary to cover the costs of any lab fees (i.e. x-rays, throat cultures, pap smears), prescriptions for medications, or referrals to other specialists. For further information about insurance issues, students should contact the Office of Student Accounts, x2103.

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