After 38 years in a health center built to handle a student population of about 5,000, Georgia Southern unveiled its new Health Center Friday, a 2016 version that’s modern and large enough for the university’s 20,500 students.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday for its new campus location across from the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center and offered the public tours of the 39,000-square-foot facility. Georgia Southern students will begin utilizing services in the new location when the spring semester begins Monday.
“What excites us most about this new facility is that it was born out of a legitimate need, not because we wanted to be a showpiece on campus, but because we need to be able to meet the appointment demands and expectations of our patient population,” said Dr. Brian DeLoach, medical director for Health Services. “We could not do that in the old facility — literally there was no room to grow. This new facility will now allow us to grow to meet the demand.”
The contemporary building provides an expanded check-in and waiting area and holds a total of 48 exam rooms, 12 of which are dedicated to women’s health, an increase of more than three times the number of exam rooms at its previous location.
The new facility also will feature expanded pharmacy, x-ray, laboratory and immunizations areas, in addition to offering new services, including physical therapy. The new location is also home to Eagle Eye Care.
“The students and the Health Services staff are very excited about this new facility,” said Diane Norris, director of Health Services. “Our students now have access to a state-of-the-art facility as well as continued quality care for their health care needs. There are very few universities in the University System of Georgia that have this kind of facility.”
An $8.5 million project, the building features sustainable elements including LED lighting in all public spaces, the use of natural lighting and low flow toilets.
DeLoach said, “The mission of Health Services is to meet or exceed the student patients’ full range of needs and expectations that relate to the delivery of healthcare services — medical, counseling, educational and wellness – while providing them with cost-effective, high-quality care in an efficient manner with a focus on educating students on how to be knowledgeable healthcare consumers.”