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Cohen Student Health Center

Getting sick when you're away at college doesn't have to be a frightening experience for you or a big worry for your parents. The Cohen Student Health Center is located on college property on Briggs Avenue next door to the Bookstore. It is staffed by doctors and registered nurses. The Student Health Center provides primary care for ordinary illnesses and emergencies. Available services include; primary care, blood pressure screening, diet counseling, flu vaccinations (in season), TB testing for student placements, skin care counseling, and HIV testing and counseling. Health education pamphlets and referrals are also provided.

The services of the Health Center are free of charge and available to all registered students who have completed health forms on file in the Health Center office.

Cohen Student Health Center
Office Location: 4118 Briggs Avenue
Phone: (814) 824-2431
Fax: (814) 824-2242
E-mail: health@mercyhurst.edu

 

Our Mission

The mission of the Cohen Student Health Center is to enhance the academic success of our students by providing high quality, accessible health care in a non-judgmental atmosphere that values diversity and respects individuality.

We address each student encounter as an opportunity to empower students to make informed decisions about health related concerns, prevention and risk reduction to promote life-long choices. The Center upholds the confidentiality of the individual student in a manner respectful of privacy and consistent with professional ethics and community laws. We collaborate with faculty, administration, students and others on initiatives and events that work toward our collective goal of maintaining a safe and healthy campus.

 

Bailey is MU's Pet Companion courtesy of Judy Smith, Ph.D., Executive Director of Wellness. The Havanese pup, joined the Health Center in 2012.

Bailey can be seen in and around:

  • Counseling Sessions
  • Group Sessions
  • Waiting Room
  • Exam Room / Doctor's Visits

He is here to aid in:

  • Physiological relief from academic and personal stress,
  • Reduce stress, blood pressure and anxiety,
  • Promote well being,
  • Provide unconditional affection,
  • Stimulate interaction with those who have difficulty communicating or problems with verbalization, and
  • Provide a safe, temporary diversion when dealing with emotionally intense issues.

Having Bailey on staff is just one way the MU Counseling Center and Health Center creative array of therapy approaches. The services, including animal assisted therapy, are offered to all students.

 

Relaxation Room

The Relaxation Room is a calm space to sit, reflect, and relax. It is designed to help students explore various resources for improving their emotional and physical health.

The Relaxation Room contains information and guided exercises on:

  • Muscle Relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation Imagery / Relaxation Sounds
  • Guided Imagery
  • Health & Well Being
  • Sleep Issues

The Relaxation Room is open for student use on Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you would like to reserve the room, please contact Becky 814.824.2431.

Namaste.

 

Our Staff

  Dr. Judy Smith
Executive Director of Wellness
Phone: (814) 824-2037
EMAIL DR. JUDY
 
  Rebecca van Riper
Receptionist
Phone: (814) 824-2431
EMAIL BECKY
 
  Patricia Kowalski-Colvin
Registered Nurse
Phone: (814) 824-2431
EMAIL PATRICIA 
 
  Kate Jacobson
Registered Nurse
Phone: (814) 824-2431
EMAIL KATE
 

Physicians

Sarah Breon, D.O.

  • 2009 to present - Family practice physician and ongoing consulting physician for Mercyhurst University.
  • 2009 to present - Operates a primary care practice in Erie for Medical Associated of Erie
  • 2006 to 2008 - Residency - Millcreek Community Hospital, Erie, PA
  • 2006 to 2008 - M.S. in Medical Education from Lake Erie College of Ostheopathic Medicine (LECOM)
  • 2006 - Doctor of Ostheopathic Medicine from Lake Erie College of Ostheopathic Medicine (LECOM)
  • Board certified with American College of Ostheopathic Family Physicians

 

 

Health Insurance Information

All Mercyhurst University students are strongly advised to have health insurance coverage.  If you do not have insurance, and you would like to obtain it through Mercyhurst’s Benefit Administrators, please click here.  A description of the Highmark plan, costs, and copies of the application form are available.