Birmingham, Ala. – UAB celebrated the grand opening of its new Student Health and Wellness Center, which combines the Health Services medical clinic and Counseling Services into one centralized location, on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.
The renovated space follows an integrated health and wellness model that provides a comprehensive program in a facility designed to meet all of a student’s medical, counseling or developmental needs.
“Shared and adjacent work environments will help create a more seamless delivery of care, enhance the ability to consult with colleagues and foster the development of treatment teams and other innovative strategies to promote better health,” said Jake Baggott, executive director of Student Health and Wellness.
The new center includes 23,000 square feet of space; by contrast, the combined space of the two former locations was just more than 4,100 square feet. Equipped with counseling space, exam rooms, laboratory spaces, an immunization area, X-ray room, waiting rooms, administrative areas and offices, the facility provides students access to the full range of primary care, including appointments with healthcare providers, routine diagnostic lab testing and X-ray services. The program anticipates 12,000 to 15,000 patients per year.