During Tuesday's GCCC Board of Trustees meeting, the board authorized the college administration to negotiate with St. Catherine to provide medical services for students and athletes.
The GCCC Wellness Committee recommended St. Catherine out of four proposals received from medical providers. At a minimum, the college was looking for a provider who could offer student physicals; general medical evaluation, treatment and referrals for students, including TB testing, office visits, laceration repair and routine laboratory tests; and treatment or referral of minor athletic injuries.
"We saw a real need there," she told the board. "We have a lot of students staying here on campus who do not have health insurance, and most of them have a difficult time getting in to see a physician or to get in for treatment."
According to the college's RFP, last year 150 students received medical services, and of those, 68 were sports physicals and 82 were other health related services.
The college has about 400 athletes and 1,200 full-time students. There are about 60 to 70 athletic injuries per year and 100 athletic physicals performed on site at the beginning of the semester.
Wigner said the committee recommended negotiating with St. Catherine because of the hours of service that would be available to students at both
Wigner asked the board for authorization to negotiate what the package of services will be because there were some things included in the hospital's proposal that the college isn't interested in.
Wigner said it would for the initial diagnosis and analysis of an athletic injury, but not necessarily for ongoing treatment. She said initial referrals -- both for athletes and non-athletes -- would be made by the college.
"There's also a referral for students who have a medical illness," she said. "Students that will be covered by this have to be referred by the school, college nurse or athletic trainer. So the students can't just randomly go in."
To be eligible, students would have to be enrolled in at least nine credit hours in the fall and spring semesters, and six credit hours during the summer. Once an agreement is reached, a referral form will be developed and approved by the hospital and GCCC.
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