Hartford HealthCare will provide health services on campus – Q30 Television
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group (HHC) will be the new on-campus student health services provider, replacing Quinnipiac University on August 1, as part of the university’s new partnership.
The HHC Campus Clinic will be located in the new Recreation and Wellness Center and will provide students with access to many medical specialists and services. Other new additions include daily on-campus prescription delivery as well as a mobile app for students to use and the national electronic medical records system, the EPIC MyChartPLUS platform. Vice President HHC Eric Smullen explained the advantage of this system for the students.
“EPIC is one of the largest and most comprehensive medical records platforms used by health systems across the country,” Smullen said. “So if a student comes in with a rash or something that needs a dermatology consultation, we have secure messaging with the dermatologists. And on that visit, that provider in your health center is able to take a secure photo of the fact that this is all part of our health records system.”
Head of Experience Tom Ellett said the EPIC system is a “game changer” for students.
“Any provider histories you have seen or hospitalizations that have used the EPIC system will then be linked to your records at Quinnipiac,” Ellett said.
Smullen also noted Hartford HealthCare’s connection to a local urgent care service, GoHealth Urgent Care, which helps provide students with even greater care.
“The GoHealth Urgent Care partnership is about two to three miles from campus. We can do almost anything on campus, but we don’t have an x-ray machine,” Smullen said. “Students…shouldn’t go to the emergency room, it’s a huge cost. So we have emergency care that can actually meet all of those needs at a much lower cost.
Hartford HealthCare’s on-campus coverage also allows for more efficient care for students as well as opportunities for health science students.
“There are so many other elements… the prescription system and also the part-time employment opportunities that will be put in place for students, internships, research opportunities and all these things that we are working on will be rolling out in the next month,” Ellett said.
Ellett also noted Quinnipiac’s plans to work with Hartford HealthCare to provide various student wellness services, including bringing in guest speakers and nutritionists.
“We want to work with the behavioral health expertise of Hartford HealthCare and really think about proven strategies for mental health, anxiety and depression, and how we can provide prevention opportunities for our students through to orientation programs, through our day-to-day operations, especially being co-located in a recreation and wellness operation,” Ellett said.
Governor Lamont has asked Connecticut colleges and universities to develop committees to determine the most effective ways for Quinnipiac and HHC to help students “broaden their thinking about wellness,” according to Ellett.
“It’s really something that we’re really starting to think about…anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses, and so it’s a very important issue that we need to focus on as an institution.” , Ellett said. “And with the Hartford HealthCare partnership, I think we’ll be a lot further ahead than we were going solo.”
Regarding mental health specifically, Ellett noted that counseling spaces in the new recreation and wellness center will be “three to four times larger” than the old space and will offer telehealth counseling to students. .
“We saw this wonderful new health and wellness space specifically expanded and dedicated to consulting. I can’t tell you that a single person within Hartford HealthCare has not been extremely impressed with the attention to space, design, privacy, comfort that this building will provide for students when ‘they access behavioral health services,’ Smullen said.
Hartford HealthCare also contains many specialized programs available to students on campus. For example, HHC offers specialty clinics for the Spanish-speaking community as well as a wide range of women’s health programs such as cardiology and sports health.
Ellett and Smullen are excited about what this partnership will bring to students on campus.
“After working closely with Eric and his team, we now have an extremely nimble, driven and innovative partner when it comes to student health and wellbeing,” said Ellett. “So I couldn’t be happier with Hartford HealthCare and all they bring to our team to improve the student experience at Quinnipiac.”