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Truman partners with Complete Family Medicine for expanded student services
Kirksville Daily Express - 2/10/2021
Truman State University students will soon have access to expanded physical and mental health care services thanks to a new partnership with a local provider.
Starting March 8, Complete Family Medicine will oversee operations of both the Student Health Center and University Counseling Services. As a subsidiary of Hannibal Regional Healthcare Systems, a non-profit agency, CFM has the capacity to offer additional resources to students, such as expanded hours, increased access to a physician and access to off-site providers when needed.
“Physical and mental well-being are cornerstones of a successful student experience,” said Truman President Susan Thomas in a press release issued Wednesday. “By partnering with a professional, non-profit health care provider, we will be able to offer enhanced services to support our students’ needs.”
The Student Health Center and University Counseling Services will remain housed in the McKinney Center. All current employees will be retained, the release said, and by partnering with CFM both services will have access to additional personnel when needed.
Services will be accessible year-round. During the school year, new hours of operation will be from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Dr. Jordan Palmer, an alumnus of Truman and A.T. Still University, will be the medical director overseeing both clinics and will provide office hours in the Student Health Center.
“Being an alumnus, I know the culture at Truman. I know the environment that the faculty and staff and students work to create so that we can have students go on to do great things when they’re done with their education,” Palmer said. “All of that knowledge will make this effort even more successful, and it’s going to make for a great partnership.
“We’re a non-profit. We’re not here to squeeze out every penny, either from the university or the students who come to see us,” Palmer said. “The goal is to be a premier student health center and student counseling center that other universities look to because we’ve implemented models and processes of care that are making our students as healthy as possible so they can be successful in and out of the classroom.”
Students seeking services through the Student Health Center or University Counseling Services will have the option to handle their care through private insurance, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs benefits or private payments. By providing students more initial access, they should benefit in the long term.
All contact information for both clinics will remain the same. Students can contact the Student Health Center at (660) 785-4182 and UCS at (660) 785-7444 or email@example.com. More information regarding Complete Family Medicine can be found at cfmcares.com or by contacting Andrew Fajkus, manager of outreach services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (660) 665-7575.
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