Imperial Valley College has extended its current student health partnership agreement with the Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District.
“Our students have greatly benefitted from this partnership,” said IVC Superintendent/President Victor Jaime. “This service is extremely important and I am very happy to see continuation of services under a new model with PMHD. This is a very low-cost way for our students to receive basic health care as well as benefit from wellness programs.”
Jaime added the health services agreement is just one more example of an excellent community partnership with the healthcare district. “For many years Pioneers has been one of the hospitals that provide an important component of IVC’s nurse training program: clinical site rotations for our nursing students,” Jaime said.
Additionally, the women’s’ auxiliary of Pioneers Memorial Healthcare district has provided annual scholarships to IVC nursing students. The healthcare district also works with the IVC Foundation in joint marketing initiatives.
“Pioneers is committed to the well-being of Imperial Valley College students and staff. It’s important that our local students have the needed health resources to live a healthier life in order for them to attend college,” said Larry Lewis, CEO of Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District.
IVC entered into the current agreement in 2015. Hospital personnel staff the student health center, which is located on campus. The center provides immediate assessment of medical complaints as well as health education and information.
“While the program does not provide advanced medical diagnosis or treatment, it does serve the more basic needs of students who wish to participate in the program,” said IVC Vice President for Student Services Martha Garcia. “Students who need care beyond the scope of this agreement are referred to local primary care physicians,” she said.
Pioneers provides a physician who provides oversight to the health center’s services and the center’s operations are coordinated by a licensed vocational nurse. Additionally, the agreement calls for presence of either a certified nurse practitioner or licensed physician’s assistant to be on campus for at least four hours per week when the college is in session. A certified health education specialist is also in the center to identify resources to enhance student health through prevention and early detection.
The healthcare district also holds health education events as well as health fairs on campus to promote wellness.
Student participation in the health center is voluntary and is covered by low cost fees of $19 for both Fall and Spring semesters and $15 for Summer and Winter sessions.