(Springfield, Mo.--04/09/18) A new on-campus health and wellness center is unveiled at Missouri State University providing expanded healthcare services.
The new Bill and Lucille Magers Family Health and Wellness Center was made possible after students voted to impose a $29 per student semester fee in 2015.
"We were really running at 97% capacity in some of our semester days and when you have a clinic that’s that full it’s awkward as far as privacy, it’s awkward as far as scheduling urgent work ends," explains Dr. Muegge, Director of Health and Wellness Services, Missouri State University.
Muegge says the three story facility sits on 39,000 sq. ft as it more than doubles it's old location..
"By taking care of that full spectrum last year we took care of age ranges from ages six all the way up to 85 that it all balances to provide top quality care at the lowest possible price with the most convenience."
Health professionals say the center aims to consolidate student medical, counseling and health education and prevention services in one building. The center is staffed with six full time physicians with more than 30 examination rooms.
"We help to teach that student a teachable moment how maybe they can avoid this accident in the future, how maybe they can avoid this sickness in the future, how they can promote their health and wellness and to be more likely to avoid sickness in the future."
The new healthcare facility is helping patients on campus avoid traveling location to location to get the quality care they need.
Caitlin Schaefer, Student Body Vice President at Missouri State University tells FOX5," The ultimate goal is to get to graduation and having a facility right here could be the difference between a student staying in school and going back home and ultimately getting that degree."
Schaefer says the center is designed to provide preventative and primary care while helping students and employees manage stress and chronic issues.
"Academics matter and we’re all here to get an education but at the end of the day health comes first. So it’s definitely a main priority of the university to ensure that students are mentally, physically healthy as possible."