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FSU PC offers free student health services on campus

Jan Waddy

Florida State University Panama City has partnered with the Florida Department of Health Bay County to provide free student health services on campus.

“The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is extremely grateful to FSU Panama City leadership for their collaboration in initiating and implementing this Student Health Services Clinic,” said Sandon S. Speedling, MHS, CPM, CPH, Administrator and Health Officer, Florida Department of Health in Bay County. “Over the past year and a half, FSU PC and the Florida Department of Health in Bay County have worked diligently together to make this project a reality. My staff and I are very excited for FSU PC and look forward to this expanded partnership in being able to provide quality health care services to students.”

Services are available to FSU PC students 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in Room C107 at the Holley Academic Center, 4750 Collegiate Drive. FSU PC students also can make appointments for general medical services, diagnostic testing and to find out the answers to general health education questions. After students are checked in, they are taken to the mobile medical unit with two full exam rooms and a medical refrigerator.

“This an important part of taking care of our students at FSU PC,” said Irvin Clark, Associate Dean of Student & Strategic Initiatives, who has helped lead the charge on Student Health Services. “Having the new on-campus housing, Seminole Landing, has been a game-changer, and we want to meet as many student needs as we can right here.”

FSU PC students can make appointments by calling the Bay County Health Department at 850-770-2451 and identifying themselves as FSU PC students; a student ID is required at the time of service. Walk-ins also are welcome.

“If they have an appointment, we can check them in, and if they don’t have an appointment, we can see if we have time to work them in,” said Christine Bartels, Sr. Registered Nurse Supervisor with the Florida Department of Health. “Students have asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines.”

The Florida Department of Health Bay County will be administering free COVID-19 Moderna (NIAID) vaccines for FSU PC students (ages 18 and older), faculty, staff at Student Health Services from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. The health department also will be offering the Moderna vaccines 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Seminole Landing (on the second floor in the study room across from Room 231) for all residents of the on-campus housing who are ages 18 and older. No appointments are necessary.

For more information, visit Student Health Services.