Employees who are feeling sick, need a flu shot or routine medical care can turn to the Joseph F. Sullivan Center in Edwards Hall, which often can get them in to see a nurse practitioner on the same day.
It can be an option for employees who are unable to schedule an appointment with their primary care providers when they are sick, said Will Mayo, the director of clinical services at the Sullivan Center.
“We are committed to working employees in same day for acute care,” said Mayo, adding that if the patient needs an antibiotic, it can be sent to Redfern, where the patient can walk across the street and pick it up after the visit.
“We do a little bit of everything,” Mayo said, including acute/chronic care and simple procedures such as stitches, wart management and ingrown toenails. Employees can also receive preventive care, such as flu shots, or attend comprehensive travel health clinics that cover how to stay healthy while traveling.
Twice a year, the Sullivan Center offers physicals for $50 when they are not paid for by the State Health Plan, which provides free physicals once every three years.
Convenience of service is one of the messages Mayo and Caitlin Moore, director of outreach and wellness for the Sullivan Center, want to convey. There are dedicated parking spaces in front of Edwards Hall reserved for Sullivan Center visitors. The staff can also bring the Sullivan Center campus van to offices or departments if groups of employees want services such as flu shots or CU4Health screenings.
The Sullivan Center’s aim isn’t to compete with private medical providers, but to provide complementary services that help Clemson employees. It also has been providing medical care to underserved communities in the Upstate and across South Carolina for more than 40 years.
“A primary goal of the center is to provide educational/clinical education for pre-professional students, including nursing, public health and others seeking a career in the health field,” Mayo said. “We do this by integrating students into the provision of our services.”
Mayo and Moore want you to know the center also strives to help faculty and staff across our state lead healthier lives with its wellness and health management programs.
Through the CU Well and CU4Health programs, the Sullivan Center provides such services as stress management, relaxation training and complete health risk assessments, including basic labs, and other services for employees, their spouses and dependents, and retirees.
Clemson employees in the rest of the state aren’t left out, either. When one of the mobile health units travels to other locations across the state, employees there are able to take advantage of the services available to all employees.
Moore hopes to get invitations to speak to meetings of department heads, staff or other groups to raise awareness about the services available to employees. She promises to speak for no more than 10 minutes each time. Contact her at CAMOORE@clemson.edu.
For more information about the services provided by the Sullivan Center, visit the services page on its website. The Sullivan Center is part of the public health sciences department in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences.
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