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The Gable Health Center

13th and Bern Streets - P.O. Box 15234 Reading, PA 19612-5234 - Phone: 610-921-7532 - Fax: 610- 921-7590
The health center is located at the end of the block at 1829 Linden St.
Hours:
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Should an emergency arise after business hours or on weekends please call Public Safety at: 311.

Attention New Albright Students for the ’17-18 Academic Year

If you have not yet completed your health center forms, please log on to your student health portal at:  https://albright.studenthealthportal.com/

Upon accessing your health portal, you will find very specific instructions for you to follow regarding form completion.  If you have any questions regarding the forms that you need to complete, please call our office at 610-921-7532.

Thank you,
The Gable Health and Counseling Center Staff 

Welcome to the Gable Health and Counseling Center!

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Mission Statement:

At the Gable Health Center we empower you to make healthy choices for your life. Our caring and confidential patient-centered healthcare facility encourages and educates you to become an engaged consumer of your healthcare. In a respectful manner we advocate healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices to help you in the pursuit of your academic goals and personal development. We are here for you and we are your providers of care. Through education, we support attainment, maintenance and a lifelong commitment to optimal wellness.


We Value:

  • Excellent, nonjudgmental patient care
  • Respect for all cultures and ethnicities
  • Collaboration and positive relationships with campus constituencies and the medical community at large
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Continuous evaluation and improvement in healthcare delivery methods

Confidentiality

Confidentiality requirements contained in Federal regulations do not permit the College to disclose medical information pertaining to students/patients who are over the age of eighteen to any family members. Information about medical services rendered to the students by the Health Center should be provided to interested parties (parents and college personnel) directly by the student.


Hello Albrightians!

Welcome to a new semester! The Gable Health and Counseling Center team wish you the best as you begin the new semester. Please remember these important points about our office.

  • If you need any medical care or gynecologic-related care, please call 610-921-7532 to schedule an appointment.
  • If you are starting to feel overwhelmed, stressed or sad, please call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors.
  • Jill Zelinsky, our registered dietician can give you advice to help you to maintain some of those weight-related New Year’s resolutions. She is available by appointment to discuss any dietary questions or concerns that may be on your mind.
  • We offer a wide-array of services and we are here to help you.

Wishing you a very productive and positive semester.

The Gable Health and Counseling Center


Health Center Fee

The health, safety and well being of students are among Albright College’s highest priorities. A significant College resource in ensuring student wellness is the Gable Health and Counseling Center. In recent years the Center has experienced a significant increase in the number of student visits and the complexity of health issues presented to staff. Even with this added caseload, the Gable Health Center continues to meet the needs of Albright students, with more than 95% of them reporting they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their visits there.

To ensure that the Gable Health Center can continue to provide students with access to the highest levels of health care, Albright is replacing the current $30-per-visit charge with a flat fee of $75 per semester. This fee, which applies to all traditional undergraduate students, will be effective with the Fall 2017 semester.

The fee will allow for unlimited visits to the Gable Health Center and cover illnesses, student alerts, athletic follow-ups, liaisons with home health-care providers, and short-term counseling. Specialty services will require an additional fee.

This is in keeping with best practices in campus health care, and the majority of Albright’s comparison schools have transitioned from a pay-per-visit model to a flat fee.

The College is committed to the health and wellness of all students. This change strengthens our ability to fulfill that commitment.

Please contact Samantha Wesner, associate dean of students and director of the Gable Health Center, if you have questions.


FAQ’s Regarding Health Center Fee

Why is the health center instituting a health center fee?

Healthy students are much more successful academically. Historically, the health center has charged students for visits when patients are seen by a provider in the health center. This visit charge has deterred some students from seeking care in the health center. Not accessing needed care subjects the student to longer periods of illness and it exposes other individuals in our community to illness. We want students who are sick to be able to access medical care when it is needed.

Research conducted has demonstrated that 12 of our 16 peer schools charge a health center fee.

What is the health center fee and how will it be billed?

The health center fee is $75.00 per semester and the charge will be billed to each student at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

Why doesn’t the health center bill a student’s health insurance for visits to the center?

In order for a provider to bill an insurance company, the provider must be registered on the panel of providers for each insurance company. Every semester, new students enter Albright College. Each student brings with them an individual insurance plan. Due to the number of various insurance carriers used by our students, it is unrealistic for the health center team members to be listed as providers for every insurance plan utilized by our students.

Why does the health center request my health insurance information and a copy of my insurance card?

Every year we request updated health insurance information along with a copy of your insurance card in the event that we need to order lab work or radiology testing. This information is also needed if we need to arrange for you to see a health care specialist outside of the Gable Health Center.

Why can’t I just go to the emergency room for care?

Emergency Rooms are intended to care for patients suffering from a medical emergency. Medical emergencies, to name just a few, include profuse bleeding, chest pain, difficulty breathing and alcohol poisoning. To avoid paying the current health center visit charge, some students have opted to go to the emergency room for non-emergent visits. Medical problems such as urinary tract infections and sore throats are not the type of medical problems requiring care in the emergency room. This is a very costly practice to our health care system and it causes a negative impact to patients who are in need of emergent care.

What services will be covered by the health center fee?

The fee will cover sick visits, concussion follow-up in the health center, health center visits for athletic injuries and study abroad visits.

What services will not be covered by the health center fee?

Prescription medications, specialty services, specialty treatments, and physicals requiring the completion of paperwork will incur additional fees. The current no-show fee of $25.00 to $40.00 (dependent upon the type of visit scheduled) will continue be charged to the student account if a student schedules an appointment, does not attend the appointment and does not call to cancel the appointment within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time.

How quickly will I be seen by a provider?

Students will be required to call the health center at 610-921-7532 to schedule an appointment with a provider. For sick visits, it is the intent of the health center providers to see patients within 48 hours (during the week) of calling to schedule an appointment.