The Kenai River Campus (KRC), in partnership with Central Peninsula General Hospital, has established a self-supporting, campus-based health clinic. The proposal for the establishment of the clinic was brought before the student body during the fall semester and was approved by referendum. The intent is to provide low-cost student health care based on models used at other University of Alaska campuses. The KRC clinic is the first to be established at a community campus in the University of Alaska system.
The clinic will be supported by a mandatory $5 per credit fee assessed each semester for students taking six or more credits with a maximum cap at $75 (equivalent to 15 credits at $5 per credit.) Eligible patients are KPC students taking six or more credits who are 18 years of age or older or a high school graduate. Eligible students can be treated at the clinic and not be charged any additional fees for the office visit. Lab services will be offered at a discounted rate through the service contract with CPGH. Staff and faculty are not eligible for treatment at the clinic.
KPC students will also be able to purchase health insurance through the University of Alaska’s provider, Mega Life and Health Insurance Company at a cost of $336 per semester. Students taking 15 credits who opt to purchase the insurance and pay the mandatory $75 student clinic fee would pay a total of $411 for clinic health care service and health insurance for one semester, which equates to approximately four month’s coverage. These costs equal $103 per month.
The clinic will be staffed 20 hours a week by Jennifer Henry, a registered nurse practitioner contracted for service through CPGH. Henry is qualified to diagnose and manage most common and many chronic illnesses and can prescribe medications. She was born and raised in Soldotna and has recently returned to live and work here. In addition to Henry, the clinic will employ student receptionists who will schedule appointments and deal with administrative paperwork.
The proposed scope of services still is being refined, but is anticipated to include common illness care, TB screening, immunizations, STD-HIV screening, hepatitis B and C screening, family planning and birth control, vision and hearing screening, blood pressure monitoring, hemoglobin testing, nutrition counseling, general first aid and a self-help center that includes access to analgesics, cough drops, condoms and Band-Aids. The clinic also will be an information source to students about general health.
The clinic will operate 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Thursday; closed for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon, and from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday; closed for lunch from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
The clinic is in the newly completed wing of the Ward Building and includes a reception area and exam room. The majority of the clinic equipment was donated to KPC by Dr. Lynn Carlson of Kenai.
For more information about the campus health clinic, contact Student Services Director Bill Howell at 262-0330.
Author Jill Fredston to speak
Well-known Alaska author Jill Fredston will present an evening slide show and reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the KRC commons based on her new book, “Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches.”
This KPC Showcase event is funded in part by a grant from the Anna Fossett Goodrich Humanities Program of the Damon Memorial Fund.
KPC offering personal care attendant class
One program recently brought to the campus is the personal care attendant course. PCAs are in great demand throughout the peninsula, Alaska and the Lower 48, working in home health care.
The four-credit class will be offered in the spring semester in a condensed format Jan. 20 through April 7 on Fridays in Room 201 at KRC for eight hours each day, for a total of 88 classroom hours.
The class will be taught by Val Wedler, R.N. who is the nurse manager at Frontier Community Services in Soldotna.
For more information about the PCA class, call Wedler at 714-6629, or send an e-mail to her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Students are reminded that if they have not already registered for the course, they must register in person at Campus Services.
KRC welding students excel in certification
KRC welding instructor Fritz Miller reports that six of six students in his advanced welding course last semester received their aluminum plate welding certification, complying with section IX of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and overseen by the U. S. Coast Guard.
For more information about welding courses offered in the spring semester, call Miller at 262-0356.
Wheel-thrown ceramics course to be offered
A weekend wheel-thrown ceramics course has been added to KPC’s schedule. The three-credit course will be taught by Homer artist and potter Dan Bartos from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Room 102 of the Ward Building, starting this week.
Students who have not yet registered must do so in person at Campus Services at KPC.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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