BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY


Faith Yingling (left) and Karen Hagemeyer encourage faculty and staff to use campus health, wellness services.

Faith Yingling (left) and Karen Hagemeyer encourage faculty and staff to use campus health, wellness services.

Campus health service fills needs of faculty and staff

Wondering how to make a new diet work for you? Are you concerned about your blood pressure? Need to fill a prescription? The Wellness Connection and Student Health Service offer valuable services to faculty and staff as well as students, says new Wellness Connection Director Faith Yingling. Both offices are in the Health Center on Ridge Street.

Yingling became Wellness Connection director last summer, replacing longtime head Barbara Hoffman, who became associate director for medical services of the Student Health Service. A certified health education specialist, Yingling has a Ph.D. in health education and has long been committed to wellness and safety for the community. She chairs the Healthy Lucas County committee and is treasurer and a board member of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence. She is the former coalition coordinator of Safe Kids Greater Toledo. On campus, she is co-chair of the Drug, Alcohol and Sexual Offenses Coalition.

Having the Wellness Connection and health service on campus makes it convenient for employees to take better care of themselves, Yingling says. “Many people took the health risk assessments offered through human resources last semester, and a visit to the center is a good time to talk about that,” she said. “We can help them follow up on what they learned.”

For example, free blood pressure checks are performed weekdays. “We keep a card on you to make it easier to track your progress,” she said.

A dietician is also available for personal consultations. The first visit is free, with a $15 charge thereafter. “We can help if you want to lose or gain weight or are on a special diet for medical issues,” she said. Talking to a dietician can be a good way to get started when making a change, Yingling noted.

The health service offers free wheelchair loans and can help with the purchase of crutches and other medical supplies, she said. Beginning May 19, the BGSU Pharmacy will offer the additional service of selling limited durable medical equipment to employees, including knee, ankle and wrist supports and elastic bandages.
 
Many people have been taking advantage of the free HIV/AIDS testing provided at the service, which has special hours on Fridays. The noninvasive method uses only a cheek swab. “People are being much more proactive now,” Yingling said.

Using the health service can save time for busy employees, she added. Allergy sufferers may take their shots there. “You can bring your serum, and we’ll store it and administer your shots,” the director said.

Routine immunizations and tuberculosis boosters are also available, and the health service is now administering the new vaccine against cervical cancer. Faculty or staff who plan to travel can get the necessary medicines and immunizations, including hepatitis B. If the travel is related to work, they may coordinate with their supervisor and bring their office DCC number to pay for preventive immunizations or medicines. Otherwise, the service will bill the patient’s insurance.

Full-service pharmacy on campus
For even more convenience, “all students and all employees can get any prescription filled right here on campus at the BGSU Pharmacy,” Yingling said. “The BGSU Pharmacy can fill prescriptions from any doctor within the United States, and refills can be transferred from any other pharmacy.”

Karen Hagemeyer became the pharmacy manager last December. She is familiar with campus, having worked here part time since 1999. She previously worked for 10 years at the Bowling Green Wal-Mart pharmacy.

“The BGSU Pharmacy is a full-service pharmacy, and it’s available to the entire BGSU community,” she said. “We sell over-the-counter products as well as prescription drugs, and we have competitive pricing. If we don’t have a product in stock, we can usually have it by the next day. We accept BGSU’s CareMark insurance as well as most other insurance plans.”

But in contrast to some of the bigger pharmacies, “we provide personalized service,” Hagemeyer said. ”We offer counseling with every new prescription, and we’re more than happy to sit down with people and go over their medication list with them.”

The pharmacy can fill prescriptions for employees and their dependents as well as students. “Transfer is easy,” Hagemeyer said. “You can either bring in the bottle, or call us with the name of the pharmacy and their phone number.”

Refills can be phoned in or requested at the link of the pharmacy Web site at http://www.bgsu.edu/pharmacy/.

In addition, beginning May 19, the BGSU Pharmacy will offer free prescription delivery to employees on campus with a minimum purchase of $10. For purchases under $10, a $2 delivery fee will be applied.

Pharmacy hours during the academic year are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays. Summer hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Hagemeyer encourages faculty and staff to call the pharmacy at 2-7408 if they have questions.

April 21, 2008