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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
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.

Services
The Gable Health Center offers many services such as:

Medical Services

The Gable Health Center provides comprehensive care to students. The Physician and Nurse Practitioner are available by appointment for counseling, evaluation, and treatment of common medical problems. Any medical problem you would normally see your primary care provider for, would be something that can be seen by the health center staff. For complex problems beyond our scope of care, students will be referred to a specialist, with guidance and coordination of care provided by The Gable Health Center staff.

Some medical conditions commonly seen in the Health Center include (but are not limited to):

  • Allergy symptoms
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Bladder infections
  • Headache
  • Minor lacerations
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Rashes
  • Respiratory infections
    ear, sinus and lung infections
  • Sore throats
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stomach problems
  • Wound care

In addition, the Health Center staff offers programming on topics such as smoking cessation, alcohol abuse and its effects, sexually transmitted infections, birth control options, cancer and harmful street drugs. Counseling services are provided through the Counseling Center.

The Department of Public Safety offers CPR classes to all members of the Albright Community.

  • CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training is taught to all health center and public safety staff members.
  • CPR is taught to all resident educator staff members.
  • First Aid training is taught to all public safety officers, resident educators, peer orientation persons and conference assistants.

Allergy Injections:

You must bring your allergy serum and complete instructions with you. We'll store and administer your vaccines at the health center according to your allergist's instructions.


Women's Health :

We provide routine annual gynecological examinations (including breast and pelvic exams, Pap smears, and screening for sexually transmitted infections [STI's]), contraception counseling (including emergency contraception), treatment of gynecologic disorders and sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy testing and counseling.


Laboratory Tests:

We provide throat cultures, blood drawing, urinalysis, glucose testing, STI testing. These tests are sent out of the health center to an outside laboratory. Please speak with the health center in regards to insurance billing and any additional fees pertaining to your lab tests.


Nutritional Counseling:

Jill Zelinsky, is our registered dietician. Jill offers counseling related to weight management, eating disorders, diabetes, sports nutrition, high blood pressure, high cholesterol. Sessions are 30 minutes long. Appointments are available on specific Monday evenings and can be scheduled by contacting the health center.


Weight Management:

At The Gable Health Center we work as a team to help provide weight management for the students. We have a medical doctor, nurse practitioner, nutritionist and counselors who can assist with providing services that meet your needs.


Men's Health:

This a service designed to diagnose, treat, counsel, and provide referrals for men on issues affecting men's health, in a non-threatening environment. The Gable Health Center is currently under the supervision of a nurse practitioner and medical doctor. Male students are educated on health awareness prevention, and on-going education as needed.


Breast Exams:

Examining your breasts is an important way to find a breast cancer early, when it's most likely to be cured. Not every cancer can be found this way, but it is a critical step you can and should take for yourself. For many, Breast Self Exam (BSE) is challenging. However, the more you examine your breasts, the more you will learn about them and the easier it will become for you to tell if something unusual has occurred. BSE is an essential part of taking care of yourself and reducing your risk of breast cancer. Try to get in the habit of doing a breast self-examination once a month to familiarize yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel. Examine yourself several days after your period ends, when your breasts are least likely to be swollen and tender. If you are no longer having periods, choose a day that's easy to remember, such as the first or last day of the month.

Don't panic if you think you feel a lump. Most women have some lumps or lumpy areas in their breasts all the time. If you feel a lump contact your health care provider immediately.

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