By Brooke Kibler in News
October 20, 2011
Glennon Health Center has been present on the Lock Haven University campus since 1967 and helps more than 150 students a week. Helping this many students makes the nurses and physicians assistants very reliable.
Kimberly Wetzel is the nursing supervisor in the Glennon Health Center. She graduated from the nursing program at Pennsylvania College of Technology and has been working on the campus for over 10 years. The Health Center is on campus for any student that has any medical issue ranging from a cold to a sprained ankle. Wetzel says “most of the students are taken care of at the Health Services. If we have to send a student somewhere else it is usually when they need more extensive treatment.” By this she means a broken bone or anything else they cannot properly assess.
There are five other people that Wetzel works with at the Health Center. “We have a medical physician that specializes in family practice, physician assistant, two registered nurses, a licensed practical nurse, and a secretary,” Wetzel said.
When asked how students are diagnosed properly, Wetzel shared that the infirmary staff “does an assessment of the student’s signs and symptoms and that can help with diagnosing the illness.” However, the infirmary is slightly limited due to the fact that they do not prescribe controlled substances or have an x-ray machine. For these necessities, the infirmary staff will refer you to go to the emergency room or the hospital.
Wetzel believes the Health Center is very effective because it helps a number of students who do not have a way to get to and from home in order to go to a physician’s office and a pharmacy. If you have even a tickle in your throat, take full advantage of the infirmary. The Health Center is open Monday- Thursday from 8 A.M to 8 P.M, Friday from 8 A.M to 5 P.M, and Saturday from 10 A.M to 2 P.M. However the physician’s assistant is present Monday through Friday, and the Nurse is present only Monday through Thursday.