The Gable Health Center
Address: 13th and Bern Streets – P.O. Box 15234 Reading, PA 19612-5234
Fax: 610- 921-7590
The health center is located at the end of the block at 1829 Linden St.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 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.
The Gable Health and Counseling Center Staff
- Physical Exam Form
- Tuberculosis Testing
- Notice of Privacy Practices
- Consent for Treatment of a Minor / Emergency Contact Form
- Insurance Coverage Form
- Meningitis Vaccination Information and Waiver
- Sickle Cell Anemia Information and Forms
- Authorization to Release Medical Records
- Nutritional Needs
- Body Fat Calculator
- Body Mass Index Calculator
- Target Heart Rate Calculator
- Pace Calculator
- Ideal Weight Calculator
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.
- 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 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.
Samantha Wesner, M.S.N., C.R.N.P., R.N.C., Vice President of Student and Campus Life and Chief Health Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1997, Samantha Wesner has been a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner licensed to provide care in the State of Pennsylvania. Since 1998 she has been Nationally Certified by the National Certification Corporation. She is a graduate of Drexel University, the Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing, Franklin and Marshall College, Eastern University, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. Family Planning Council and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Center for Professional Development.
She is a member of the Delta Tau-At-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, the American College Health Association, the Berks County Nurse Practitioners Association, the Lehigh Valley Nurses Association, and the Eastern Star. She has been recognized by the Manchester Who’s Who. She has experience as a registered nurse since 1988 and has been an experienced provider in Women’s Health Care since 1997. She has been working in the subspecialty of college health since 1998.
In addition to providing patient care, she provides the direct oversight of the day to day operations of the Gable Health Center. She is responsible for health and wellness related program development at Albright College, and she is the Director of the Center for Wellbeing and past Director of the Women’s Center. She has been a guest speaker for the Community Prevention Partnership of Berks County, Berks County Television, the Berks County Intermediate Unit and the Reading Area Community College. In 2003 she served on the Community Prevention Partnership Ecstasy and other Club Drugs Task Force. She has been an instructor for Rape Aggression Defense since 1999 and an instructor for Rape Aggression Defense for Kids since 2001.
As a nurse practitioner Sam can exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. She can diagnose and treat illnesses using the medical and nursing model.
Services performed by the nurse practitioner include, but are not limited to:
- Evaluation: Eliciting a detailed medical history, performing an appropriate physical examination, delineating problems, and recording information in the medical record.
- Monitoring: Developing and implementing patient treatment plans.
- Diagnostics: Ordering and interpreting common laboratory, radiologic and other routine diagnostic procedures used to identify pathophysiologic processes.
- Therapeutics: Management of acute gynecologic conditions, acute illness including but not limited to performing routine procedures such as injections, immunizations, wound care, and managing simple conditions such as infections.
- Counseling: Instructing and counseling patients regarding compliance with prescribed therapeutic regimens, family planning, sexually transmitted infections, situational adjustment reactions and health maintenance.
- Referral: Facilitating the referral of patients to specialty providers when appropriate.
In her spare time, Sam enjoys being with her family, traveling and playing tennis.
Joshua Williamson, M.D. , College Physician
Dr. Williamson received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Doctor of Medicine from West Virginia University. He completed his Residency and Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. For the past five years Dr. Williamson has been working with Coventry Pediatrics as a Physician and Sports Medicine Specialist.
Karen Ashcroft , MA, Medical Assistant
Karen Ashcroft is a 1975 graduate of Lehigh County Community College as a certified Medical Assistant.
Her past experience includes fifteen year of experience in various medical offices performing both clinical and clerical duties and seven years of experience in a dental office as an assistant/receptionist.
In her spare time, Karen enjoys keeping up with the activities of her three teen-age children, walking and playing tennis.
Daisy Nieves , CMA, Medical Assistant
2005 Graduate of Berks Technical Institute as a Certified Medical Assistant
She has five years experience in family medicine performing both clinical and clerical assignments. In her spare time Daisy enjoys being with her family.
Jill Zelinsky, RD, LDN, Registered Dietician
Jill Zelinsky is a registered dietician with 20 years of experience. She obtained a bachelor of science degree in food and nutrition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA. She completed an American Dietetic Association Internship at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in San Diego, California. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and is a licensed dietitian/nutritionist in the state of Pennsylvania.
Jill offers medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling services at the Gable Health Center for:
- weight management
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- eating disorders
- sports nutrition
Individual sessions are scheduled for 30 – 60 minutes. Appointments are available on specific Wednesday evenings and can be scheduled by contacting the Health Center.
Tip of The Month – December
AIDS Awareness Month
Happy December Albright! We have almost made it to the end of the semester! Even though we are almost done, we must not forget that December is AIDS awareness month. We will be sharing valuable information with you such as symptoms, how it can be spread, and cures, but first we will explain exactly what is HIV and AIDS.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that destroys the body’s defense against illness by attacking the immune system, specifically by destroying the T-helper cells (Helper T-cells), which are white blood cells. HIV is spread by making copies of itself in other T-helper cells, making it harder for the person to fight off illnesses. Without the proper treatment, the immune system may eventually not be able to fight off any type of illness, but this depends on certain characteristics of the person such as age and health (Symptoms and stages of HIV infection). AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is the later stage of HIV and is defined by a point in time when the immune system becomes too weak to fight off illnesses. If a person does not receive treatment, AIDS could very likely lead to death (Symptoms and stages of HIV infection).
There are a variety of symptoms that should be kept in mind regarding HIV and AIDS. In the first stage of HIV, individuals are likely to experience symptoms that include fever, body rash, swollen glands, upset stomach, and muscle pain. In the second stage of HIV, individuals may begin to feel better, but the virus is still inside of them. The third stage provides symptoms that include weight loss, diarrhea, mouth and skin problems, night sweats, and serious illness (Symptoms and stages of HIV infection). Due to AIDS being different from HIV, a new series of symptoms occur. This include confusion and loss of memory, severe headaches, seizures, shortness of breath, or even a coma (HIV/AIDS).
Although there is no current cure for HIV or AIDS, antiretroviral treatments can help (HIV/AIDS). Perhaps understanding how the virus is spread can also help to lower the prevalence. HIV can be spread through bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal fluids, or blood. Another way HIV can be spread is sharing needles with someone who is infected with the virus (Dowshen, 2015). HIV and AIDS can be a scary thought. If you ever find yourself questioning your status, always get tested. It is possible to live a normal life with HIV as long as you receive the proper treatment, but be cautious and protect yourself so you never have to experience HIV or AIDS.
The Gable Health Center provides testing for HIV. Please call 610-921-7532 to schedule your appointment.
~Jessica Fink ‘18
Steps to Take If You Are Raped or Sexually Assaulted
The third edition of Obstetrics and Gynecology describes sexual assault as manual, oral, or genital contact with the genitalia of the victim without the victim’s consent. Rape is the coital form of sexual assault involving oral, vaginal or anal penetration, against the victim’s will, involving an element of force. It’s not your fault!
Steps to take:
- Go to a safe place.
- Preserve all physical evidence of the assault. Do not shower, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth. If possible, do not change your clothing.
- Call a friend, family member, your RA, Assistant Director of Residential Life or someone else you trust and ask her or him to stay with you.
- Report the assault to the Gable Health Center (ext. 7532) and the Albright Safety and Security Office (ext. 7670).
- Go to St. Joseph’s Hospital or the Reading Hospital and Medical Center emergency department for medical care.
- Get emotional support by scheduling an appointment with the Albright College Counseling and Personal Growth Center (ext. 7640) or SAFE Berks 610-372-9540.
- Always remember to take care of yourself! This is not your fault!
- If the assault happens between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, call the Gable Health Center at Albright College (ext. 7532).
- After hours call the Department of Public Safety at Albright College (ext. 7670) whether you are interested in filing a police report or not. You may be transported to the hospital at your request by Public Safety.
- Even if you think that you do not have any physical injuries, you should still have a medical examination and discuss with a health care provider the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases and the possibility of pregnancy. A medical examination is extremely important even if you are unsure if you are interested in pursuing a police report.
- If your clothing has been removed place it in a paper shopping bag or grocery bag. Do not use plastic bags. Do not disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.
- If you suspect that you may have been given a date rape drug, ask the hospital emergency department to test for date rape drugs.
- Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including a description of the assailant.
For more information, call the Gable Health Center at ext. 7532
or the Department of Public Safety at ext. 7670.
Students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment in order to receive efficient care.
Information will not be given to a parent of a patient whom is 18 years of age or older, unless the patient has given consent to the health center staff.
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.
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.
Insurance for Athletes
The College provides an insurance plan for all athletes if an injury occurs during a supervised practice or game. Because the insurance policy is an excess policy, all claims must be submitted to the student’s primary insurance first. Any remaining balance will be forwarded to the College’s insurance.
This plan will only pay for claims that are true accidents or injuries that occurred while participating in a sport. Any pre-existing conditions that may be aggravated will not be covered under the plan. Medical benefits will be reduced by 50 percent of a claim if the student has an HMO and had services performed at a non-participating provider.
Student Health Insurance Plan
This plan is for accidents that happen on campus, such as: falls down steps, slips on ice, etc., and also includes club sports. Intercollegiate sports are covered under the student athletic accident insurance plan.
Important Phone Numbers
Hotlines and Crisis Numbers:
- SAFE Berks Hotline: 610-372-9540
- Berks Talk line: 610-374-8255
- Reading Hospital: 484-628-8000
- St. Joseph’s Hospital: 610-378-2000
- Planned Parenthood (Reading)610-376-8061
Pharmacy Phone List
CVS – Rockland St.: 610.921.1200 – option 3 for pharmacist
- 5th Street (near Wal-Mart Supercenter): 610.929.1367
- 6th & Greenwich: 610.376.1551
- Kenhorst: 610.775.0307
- Wyomissing: 610.374.9942
- Muhlenberg: 610.921.5140
- Exeter: 484.651.1921
Wal-Mart Supercenter Pharmacy – 5th Street Highway: 610.939.0616
Weis Pharmacy – 13th Street: 610.929.4747