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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 and was recently re-accredited until 2017.  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.

View our Student Handout regarding HIPAA and Privacy Practices

HIPAA

In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was endorsed by the US Congress as a result of the American public's concern about how patient health information was stored, accessed, disclosed and shared. The HIPAA Privacy Rule provided the first nationally-recognized and enforced set of regulations concerning the use and disclosure of what is commonly called “protected health information.”

HIPAA requires all healthcare professionals and those with access to patient data to operate within strict standards to safeguard protected health information. The US Department of Health and Human Services enforces HIPAA law and imposes penalties on institutions that do not make good-faith efforts to ensure the privacy and security of protected health information.

Student Health Services (SHS) operates in strict adherence to HIPAA laws and regulations. HIPAA requirements are incorporated into policies and procedures department-wide, and are a vital, required component of new employee and annual staff refresher training.

The Student Health Services Notice of Privacy Practices Brochure details the organization’s maintenance of medical information as required by law, and use and disclosure of that information to the extent necessary to provide high quality healthcare.

Included in the Notice of Privacy Practices is detailed information about how patients can:

· Obtain a copy of their health information
· Request SHS amend health information in their patient records
· Receive an accounting of certain disclosures made of their health information
· Request SHS restrict the use and disclosure of their health information
· Request information regarding how SHS may contact them about medical matters
· Receive notification of how SHS may use protected health information

The Notice of Privacy Practices is available for download here from the SHS website Click here to view a complete copy of the Privacy Practices

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.