Health Services provides education and care to students as they learn to take responsibility for their own health and well-being. Emphasis is placed on the importance of preventing illness through a healthy lifestyle, as well as on helping students manage any health problems they encounter.
The on-campus health care team at Southwestern includes a registered nurse, two part-time physicians and two part-time physician assistants. The nurse is available daily for drop-in visits. When appropriate, she will schedule students to see the physician or the physician assistant, who are on campus for a limited number of hours each week. Working as a team, they are able to treat most of the common health concerns of college students, including routine women’s health issues. These services are free to Southwestern students. When routine lab work is required, students can obtain this service on campus at a greatly reduced fee from what would be charged in the community. This fee is payable through the Southwestern Business Office.
Due to the limited resources and facilities available on campus, not all health care needs may be met. Thus, when the situation warrants, the on-campus team will make outside referrals to physicians and other health care professionals in the community. Consideration will be made of students’ private insurance requirements or out-of-pocket costs. Excellent emergency room care is also available 24 hours a day at local hospitals including St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, Scott &White Healthcare- Round Rock and Seton Medical Center Williamson.
To help make off-campus health care services affordable, a Southwestern group insurance policy is available through EIIA/Markel, which is a nationally recognized provider of this type of insurance. Participation in this group policy is mandatory unless the student can provide proof of other health insurance coverage. This plan covers students for a full 12 months. The cost of this insurance plan is currently $165 per year. Claim forms and information are available on campus through Health Services and also online at www.southwestern.edu/offices/health/insurance.php.
Health Services staff provide individual counseling on nutrition, exercise, stress management and other health-related topics, and offer presentations to campus residents, classes and other groups on health-related issues. Health Services also has brochures on many health-related topics for students’ personal information or as resources for research or presentations.
The Office of Health Services is located on the second floor of the Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning.
Health Services Staff
Director of Health Services
Tom Swift '73
Confidential Fax: 512-863-1814