Fall access improvements at health center explained

Contact: Joe VanDerBos

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's Sindecuse Health Center is fine tuning some pharmacy, primary care, nursing and counseling services to increase convenience, reduce cost and improve access to care for students, faculty, staff, retirees and their dependents.

Generic medications—introducing the $5 Pharmacy list

Generic anti-depressants and antibiotics are among the low-cost generics available at the Sindecuse Health Center Pharmacy with a prescription. Students, employees, retirees and their dependents can pay out of pocket and receive some commonly prescribed medicines. Lexapro (Escitalopram), Zoloft (Sertraline HCL), Zpak (Azithromycin), Amoxicillin, Penicillin and Doxycycline are available in up to 30-day supplies. The topical cream Triamcinolone is also included. This service is subject to supplier availability. Other medications may be added to the list as they become available. Call (269) 387-3355 for more information.

Medical weight loss—simplified

Responding to a changing weight loss landscape, the health center is offering a simpler approach to medical weight loss visits. Keeping the holistic support that provides referrals to resources as needed, the health center is removing the previous need to prepay for a program. Interested University community members can easily self-schedule on the patient portal an appointment to start a physician-supported weight loss journey.

Flu shot support grant—awarded for the 9th year

No-cost flu shots for WMU students are offered again this year, thanks to a generous grant from the Alana’s Foundation. The grant has served over 800 students at WMU in the past decade  and is intended for use by students who may not have insurance coverage for preventive care or immunizations. Shots are available now and appointments can be made through the patient portal.

Group Counseling—more schedule options

Counseling Services faculty and staff offer a robust menu of group counseling services. Research shows group counseling to be as effective as individual counseling, and for some issues, more effective. New this fall, most of the groups offered will have two sessions, with many starting mid-semester.

Call (269) 387-3287 for appointments or more information.

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