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Director's Message

A student’s university experience and academic success is intimately associated with their overall health and wellness. As Director of Student Health Services (SHS), I am proud of the services we offer FGCU students to assist them when they are sick, to educate them on healthy lifestyle choices, and to protect them through vaccination, education and accessibility.

Student Health Services is proud to announce that we have recently been re-accredited for three years (March 15, 2017) by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of our health care organization. Pursuing accreditation shows our commitment to providing the highest levels of quality care to our patients, and the same high level of quality in our business practices. Achieving accreditation by AAAHC is proof that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally recognized third party. We are proud to have met the challenge of accreditation, and intend to consistently uphold the principles of quality improvement in patient care in the future.

SHS is funded by a portion of student health fees allowing us to provide high quality care at a minimal cost to our patients. Our staff is committed to providing care to students in a manner that not only allows them to focus on their academic goals but also enhances their medical knowledge and thereby encourages healthy behaviors and choices. I hope that all of our students will take advantage of the services we provide.

Kevin J. Collins, MD

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Summer and Healthy Living

Summer and Healthy Living

Summer is a season in which we tend to relax a little more and take life a little easier.  However, according to the Centers for Disease Control, there are many risks associated with summer activities.    Remember, enjoying time with family and friends, outdoor grilling, and fireworks are all part of the 4th of July holiday weekend. However, there are risks associated along with the fun activities.

Binge drinking, defined as 5 or more drinks on a single occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on a single occasion for women, generally within about 2 hours, is a dangerous pattern of alcohol consumption.  Remember, drinking can lead to drowning, motor vehicle crashes, violence and poor social decisions. During the Fourth of July weekend and other holidays, people tend to consume even higher quantities of alcohol, endangering themselves and others around them.

Melanoma is on the rise

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to assist in preventing skin cancer!  Avoid being outdoors during the midday. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15, cover up with clothing, wear a brimmed hat, and wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays. Be aware of the signs of heat stress (see ‘Health Education"above).

Wear your life jacket

Summer at its best involves swimming and other water-related activities. Each year, millions of people enjoy recreational water activities such as swimming in pools, lakes, and oceans, as well as relaxing in hot tubs. However, there are over 250,000 drownings yearly.  The benefits of water-based exercise are numerous and water activities are pretty enjoyable, but to enjoy a safe swimming experience, learn how to protect yourself and others from potential dangers.