Sullivan Center offers new services
By Molly Collins, Class of 2013
The Joseph F. Sullivan Center at Clemson University is offering new services including a dermatology clinic, travel immunization clinic and one-on-one wellness counseling in order to increase the number of health care services offered to Clemson employees, faculty and staff.
The new dermatology clinic, to be offered once a month, is an affordable option for multiple minor derma-procedures that span from cryotherapy for wart removal and skin tag removal to screenings of abnormal skin markings such as moles and freckles.
“Our providers can diagnose and treat a variety of skin issues,” said Caitlin Moore, health educator for the Sullivan Center. “If anyone notices something abnormal, we can remove it and send it for biopsy to screen for cancer. It is less expensive and more convenient to come here on campus versus going to a dermatologist.”
The Sullivan Center is also making traveling abroad easier through their travel immunization clinic, as clients can meet with a nurse to review CDC recommendations for immunizations and order shots as well as obtain prescriptions for anti-malarial medications.
“We are also a yellow fever clinic,” Moore said. “The next closest one is in Greenville, and there aren’t many in South Carolina. We have the yellow fever cards that we fill out, and those are important because you need them to come back into the states.”
In addition to these new clinical services, the Sullivan Center is expanding its wellness efforts through the CU4Health and CUQuit programs. CU4Health is a comprehensive health assessment that assists employees, faculty and staff with assessing their health status toward identifying areas for improvement. The program garnered more than 400 participants last year, and group screenings are now being offered, making it easier for departments with multiple participants to take advantage of the service.
“They can call us and we’ll set it up,” Moore said. “We’ll go over and draw all of their blood at once in 30 minutes to an hour, and then a health educator will go back and provide one-on-one counseling.”
One-on-one counseling also takes prominence in the CUQuit program, which aims to help clients quit smoking by creating personalized plans.
“Clemson is going tobacco free, so we’re offering one-on-one services for counseling, helping people identify what their triggers are and what’s important to help them quit smoking or tobacco in general,” Moore said. “We can also help them get prescription patches and gum and help them find other activities to substitute for smoking.”
A range of acute care, health management, health education and promotion, and medical surveillance services are available through the Sullivan Center to meet the needs of employees, faculty and staff. Comprehensive physicals will also be offered at a discounted rate of $50 during the month of July. For more information, visit clemson.edu/wellness
The Joseph F. Sullivan Center is an interdisciplinary health center at Clemson University. It is one of the oldest continuously operating nurse-managed health centers in the United States. Since 1978, the Joseph F. Sullivan Center has offered programs and services to improve the health, education and well being of individuals, families and communities.
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