October 5, 2014
Welcome to the University of Illinois! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and tell you about the services available to your son or daughter at the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois. McKinley is a nationally accredited, professionally staffed ambulatory care clinic. The Health Center is located on campus at 1109 South Lincoln Avenue in Urbana. We have a wide range of high quality medical and health education services.
When your student calls you with his or her symptoms (and they will!), please remember that we are here to help. We have a highly qualified, diverse staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, health educators, and therapists. Taking care of young adults is "our expertise" in the field of medicine.
The Health Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday during fall and spring semesters. Summer and winter break hours are Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A nurse is available for consultation by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week (217-333-2700). In the event of an emergency or severe illness or injury, we have two excellent hospitals nearby (Carle and Presence/Covenant), and ambulance service is always available.
Each student has their own primary care provider at McKinley. If your son or daughter has an ongoing medical condition, we would like to meet them before problems arise. Please encourage them to make an appointment with their provider and let us get to know them. We have made it very convenient for students to make appointments with their provider by using a web-based appointment system available 24 hours a day.
We recommend that all students receive influenza vaccination. Influenza is often severe enough to keep students out of class, and this can be disruptive around finals or when papers and projects are due. Please encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of our influenza vaccine outreach program this fall.
If your son or daughter missed their meningitis shot before coming to campus, we can provide it to students at a cost of $120.00. College freshmen, especially those who live in residence halls, are at risk for meningococcal disease compared with other persons of the same age.
Please make certain that your student has submitted documentation of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella and tetanus. This is a state requirement and failure to provide this documentation may block their ability to register for spring semester classes.
At McKinley, we take medical confidentiality seriously. It is mandated by law that we cannot release any medical information to parents of non-minor children (18 and over) unless the student requests us to do so. I assure you, however, that in case of a medical emergency where there is an issue of life or death, we will contact you immediately.
I would suggest you check the McKinley Web site, www.mckinley.illinois.edu for more information about our services and staff. Do not hesitate to call if you ever need to communicate with me for any reason.
Robert D. Palinkas, MD
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