NATCHITOCHES – Faculty and students at Northwestern State University’s Shreveport Campus marked the opening of the Shreveport Health Services Clinic Oct. 16 with tours of the facility and information on the services it provides. The clinic will provide cost effective, convenient, high quality professional health care to address students’ physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
The clinic is located in Room 104 LC Building and will be open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Clemy Moore, RN, a 1980 graduate of NSU’s nursing program, will be the full-time nurse on staff at the clinic.
“Starting the clinic was the quality improvement project I used for my doctorate degree. It is very dear to my heart,” said Dr. Anna Morris, an assistant professor in NSU’s College of Nursing who completed her DNP in August and holds the James K. Elrod Endowed Professorship.
The clinic operates in the same manner as the Health Services Clinic on the main campus in Natchitoches and is open to students who paid a student health fee at registration and to any student or staff member who needs quick first aid care.
“Mrs. Stephanie Campbell, director of Health Services, was very helpful in providing information so that we could pattern it after the Natchitoches Health Services,” Morris said. “Students will have free nurse visits, limited free over-the-counter medications and some free testing. We will use the same electronic health records as main campus, so if students transfer between the two campuses, we will be able to see their previous health records. This will provide greater continuity of care for our students.”
The clinic will be operated in partnership with Willis Knighton to offer physician services to students for $20. Students will be able to see the doctor at the clinic twice a month, or at one of the four Quick Care locations around Shreveport-Bossier with the nurse’s referral, Morris said. Once per semester, we will provide an all-day clinic for students to complete their nursing or allied health clinical exams at a reduced price.
“The initial clinic start-up was supported by the James K. Elrod Endowed Professorship that I was awarded,” Morris said. Ongoing support is provided by the student health fee.
“In true NSU fashion, so many people here have helped me with the project in one way or another,” Morris said. “I would like to specifically recognize Dr. Dana Clawson, dean of NSU’s College of Nursing and School of Allied Health; Dr. Geneva Caldwell, NSU graduate faculty; Erica Reynolds, Dr. Clawson’s facilitator; Buddy Melancon and Bubba Baxter from the CONSAH maintenance department; NSU undergraduate faculty Dianna Hill, Kathy Tate and Alyea Pollard; NSU Leadership Dr. Chris Maggio, president; Dr. Vickie Gentry, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Dean of Students Frances Conine; and Stephanie Campbell, director of NSU Health Services. Outside of NSU, I would like to recognize Lesley Sawrie of Willis Knighton; my husband, Matt; and my sister, Theresa, NSU nursing alumna.”