Health Center offers more than condoms

Lane Braver is one of two physician’s assistants who treat ULV students at the Health Center. Braver not only treats patients of the La Verne community, but also works in the emergency rooms at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina and Pomona Valley Community Hospital. / photo by Brian Murphy
Lane Braver is one of two physician’s assistants who treat ULV students at the Health Center. Braver not only treats patients of the La Verne community, but also works in the emergency rooms at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina and Pomona Valley Community Hospital. / photo by Brian Murphy

by Raechel Fittante
Features Editor

Located on the corner of E and Second streets, the University of La Verne Health Center offers free and complete medical care and information for any student in need.

“We do everything that’s done in a regular doctor’s office, except everything we do in the Health Center is free,” said Maureen Pray, Health Center nurse.

The Health Center is run by Cynthia Denne, director of student health services, and frequently assists students in the areas of immunizations, sports physicals, laboratory tests and Pap smears. The center also provides consultations to students who have health questions regarding topics like sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS. Free condoms are also given out to any ULV student during open business hours.

“Besides the free condoms, we also have lots of pamphlets and information about sexually transmitted diseases in general,” Pray said. “A lot of students come by for information for themselves or for a class. We also help them find articles and books they could use if they are doing a project or report.”

Pray is there every day the Center is open, which is Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m.-noon. She recommends that students make an appointment before going in to be sure a doctor will be available if necessary.

“The doctor is only here three hours a day,” Pray said.

Dr. Victoria Shook, physician for the Urgent Care in Montclair, is also the medical doctor for the Health Center and the facility is frequently visited by physician assistants Lane Braver and Charlotte Kolesnik several times a week as well.

Health insurance is part of the fees traditional undergraduate students pay with their tuition. If a student is already insured elsewhere, the University insurance becomes secondary.

In instances where the Health Center is closed when a student needs immediate medical assistance, he or she goes to Central Avenue Urgent Care in Montclair as a first option and Pomona Valley Medical Center on Garey Avenue as the second option.

“The emergency room is a lot more expensive than Urgent Care which is open until 8 p.m., seven days a week,” said Pray.

“For everything we can’t do here, we refer students out to have done in a regular doctor’s office,” she said about the limitations of the Center, such as the inability to do X-rays.

The facility itself is used twice a year as the site for free AIDS testing at ULV. During these times, specialists from the East Valley Community Health Center come to La Verne to both test and educate students on HIV, AIDS and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The next scheduled time for free AIDS testing at the Center will be in December.

Also, twice a year the Health Center co-hosts the blood drive on campus with the American Red Cross.

The Health Center is equipped with a library of videos students can check out, with topics ranging from health and diet tips, to HIV education tapes.

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