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New campus health service offered to Dordt students

August 8, 2003

A new Campus Health Service office located in the lower level of Dordt College Covenant Residence Hall will provide on-campus health care and resources to students in the upcoming school year. Health Staff

Construction of a campus office was completed in May, with staffing for the facility hired just in time for the 2003-2004 school year.

Pam Hulstein, nurse-practitioner and director of Health Sciences and Student Health Services on Dordt’s campus, will oversee the facility, with Linda Ver Steeg, Orange City, serving as Campus Health Center - Registered Nurse. Ver Steeg served as the Director of Health Services at Northwestern College in the 1980s, and in the years since has been a clinical instructor for LPN students at Northwest Iowa Community College. Most recently, Linda has been the Patient Care Coordinator and Staff Nurse for CHEARS Homehealth and Hospice.

The Campus Health Center Secretary is Linda Vogel, a Licensed Practical Nurse who has served as a staff nurse at the Orange City Hospital and Clinic; as receptionist for a local dental clinic, and most recently as an LPN and Medical Receptionist for Northwest Surgery, PC in Orange City.

The new facility offers a reception area, two exam rooms, a short-term observation/rest area, a primary work station and a skills lab for health education students, equipped with a hospital bed and practice mannequin for practicing nursing skills. Dordt College has also purchased software (RN-CAT) that will allow our nursing students to practice for the national licensure exam on campus.

Hulstein said a separate entrance located “off the beaten path” offers both privacy and easy accessibility for students on campus. “We hope that this will help our students access health care more quickly,” said Hulstein. There will be no cost to the student, other than for lab tests or certain over-the-counter medications. In many instances, campus health service will assess a student and then link him/her to community health services, such as the Sioux Center Mercy Medical Clinic or the Sioux County Public Health Department.

Hulstein anticipates some common screenings conducted will be for strep throat, mono, etc. Staff will also be available to answer health-related questions students may have. Immunizations for students traveling overseas will be another area the health services staff will help facilitate.

Walk-ins will be welcome at the facility, but students may also make appointments to accommodate their busy class schedules.

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