Partnership Promotes Ringling Students’ Health

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Opening the new clinic, left to right, are Dr. Tammy Walsh, vice president for Student Life and Dean of Students at Ringing College, Sarasota Memorial Chief Operating Officer David Verinder and Ringling President Dr. Larry R. Thompson. Photograph by Ringling student Ferenc Beleznay.

This week, the Ringling College of Art and Design and Sarasota Memorial announced the opening of a new on-campus Student Health Center! The center gives students a wide scope of medical services to diagnose and treat common illnesses and conditions. Services that can’t be provided directly on-site can be coordinated within Sarasota Memorial’s comprehensive network of services.

Through the partnership, Ringling students now have access to a number of core services free on campus by a nurse practitioner, free visits after-hours with a physician at Sarasota Memorial’s Urgent Care Center on University Parkway, and access to the public health system’s extensive network of providers and services. Walgreen’s Pharmacy has also joined in the partnership to provide free delivery of prescriptions to students.

A $175 per semester health fee helps support the medical and counseling services provided on campus, and allows students to see a provider at the Sarasota Memorial’s University Parkway Urgent Care Center with no out-of-pocket costs.

“We’re proud to partner with Ringling to promote the health of college students,” says Reuben Holland, MD, medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Emergency and Urgent Care Centers. “College is an exciting time for many students – it often means more freedom from parents and a first chance to live on their own. But it’s also the time in their life when they begin to take charge of their own health and wellness. Having a clinic located conveniently on campus will give them access to the advice and help they need to stay as healthy as they can.”

For more information, call Ringling College Medical Services at 941-309-4000. For more information about Ringling, click here. For information on SMH’s Urgent Care Centers, including our three clinics located throughout the region, click here.

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