Atrium Health Navicent and Fort Valley State University (FVSU) have partnered to offer on-campus health services for students, faculty and staff.
The partnership evolved from a relationship between leaders at Atrium Health Navicent and FVSU, which led to a discussion about ways to enhance students’ health and well-being through services offered on campus.
“Our relationship with Atrium Health Navicent goes back quite some time in a number of different ways — whether that be through internships or other activities we have such as our new nursing program,” Fort Valley State University President Paul Jones said during a ribbon-cutting celebration earlier this month. “Our goal is to partner with others in the community and region to bring about the best services that we can provide. This partnership is allowing us to transform the services that we will provide to our students and staff as well.”
At the Atrium Health Navicent Campus Health Clinic in the Florence J. Hunt Wellness Center, students have access to an in-person primary care provider or they can choose to use telehealth options. For those who already have a primary care provider, urgent care services are available.
“This partnership will increase access to quality health care close to home for students, faculty and staff at Fort Valley State University,” said Atrium Health Navicent President Delvecchio Finley. “Offering a convenient clinic near classrooms will make it easier for students, faculty and staff to live healthier lives. Thanks to Fort Valley State University for its partnership in improving the health of our community.”
Services at the clinic, which is open Monday through Friday, have no out-of-pocket costs for students, as they are included in student fees.
“Atrium Health Navicent has been committed to expanding access to care, not only by making that access convenient but also affordable. Whether you’re sick or just want preventative care, having a provider that’s convenient to you helps eliminate many of the barriers that all of us experience to receiving care — whether that is time, transportation or needing to miss work or school,” Finley said. “This partnership is another step to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing for all.”
The clinic provides basic services such as wellness exams and physicals and provides drug screenings, vaccinations and treatment for common illnesses such as the flu, strep throat and COVID-19. Female students are able to book their annual gynecological exams as well as pap tests. For students with chronic health conditions, providers at the clinic provide ongoing care management, monitoring and on-site laboratory services, and behavioral health services.
Atrium Health Navicent is part of Advocate Health, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and operates on-campus health care for five other colleges and universities. This includes another Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Johnson C. Smith University, in North Carolina.
On-campus health services provided by Atrium Health Navicent are also debuting at Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) this fall. The partnership between the health system and CGTC is the first of its kind in the state.
For more information about Atrium Health Navicent’s Campus Health clinics call (478) 825-6278 for FVSU, (478) 476-5300 for CGTC in Macon, (478) 218-3890 for CGTC in Warner Robins and (478) 776-4039 for CGTC in Milledgeville.