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Wellness Center
Student Services Plaza

Appointments: (239) 590-7966
Immunization: (239) 590-1254

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. 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

 Mission Statement
The mission of FGCU Student Health Services is to facilitate the retention, academic advancement, and graduation of students by providing efficient, professional, and compassionate primary health care and by promoting individual and community health and wellness on campus.

SHS Vision
Student Health Services will serve FGCU students by providing low cost, evidence based evaluation and treatment. We will promote healthy lifestyle choices through education and consultation, and we will emphasize customer service and the provision of high quality health care.

SHS Values
As a department in the division of Student Affairs, Student Health serves the FGCU community by offering students high quality primary health care. We strive for the highest level of integrity, empathy, professionalism, and compassion, while working as a team to meet the health care needs of a diverse and growing student body.

AccreditationStudent Health Services is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC). Student Health Services became a fully accredited institution in March 2011 - This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of our health care organization. Accreditation shows our committment to providing the highest levels of quality care to our patients, and the same level of conduct in our business practices.Accreditation by the AAAHC is proof of this committment, and signifies that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally recognized third party.

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Notice of Privacy Practices

OUR PLEDGE TO YOU:

We understand that medical information about you is personal. We are committed to protecting medical information about you. Throughout this Notice, we will refer to your "protected health information" as your PHI.

We create a record of the services you receive at FGCU SHS to provide quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements. This notice applies to all of the records, electronic or paper, of your care generated by SHS practitioners. We may not disclose any more of your PHI than is necessary.

We are required by law:

  • To make sure that your PHI is kept private.
  • To inform you of our legal duties and your rights in regards to privacy practices with your PHI.
  • To follow the terms of the notice that currently is in effect.

Click here to view a complete copy of the Privacy Practices

HIPAA

About HIPAA - General Overview


Summary of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, from the website of the Office of Civil Rights, Health Information Privacy

The Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information (“Privacy Rule”) establishes, for the first time, a set of national standards for the protection of certain health information. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued the Privacy Rule to implement the requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).

The Privacy Rule standards address the use and disclosure of individuals’ health information—called “protected health information” by organizations subject to the Privacy Rule — called “covered entities,” as well as standards for individuals' privacy rights to understand and control how their health information is used. Within HHS, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has responsibility for implementing and enforcing the Privacy Rule with respect to voluntary compliance activities and civil money penalties.

A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public's health and well being. The Rule strikes a balance that permits important uses of information, while protecting the privacy of people who seek care and healing. Given that the health care marketplace is diverse, the Rule is designed to be flexible and comprehensive to cover the variety of uses and disclosures that need to be addressed.

To read more about the Privacy Rule, including the regulatory background, who is covered by the rule, what is protected, and general principles for uses and disclosures of health information, see the OCR's Official Website. You may also want to read about HIPAA's Final Rule.