FILE: A statue of Louis Frederick Moench, founder and first principal of Weber State College, is pictured on the Weber State College campus in Ogden on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret Information)
(Kristin Murphy, Deseret Information)
OGDEN, Utah — Weber State College is exploring the choice of shutting down its on-campus well being middle and outsourcing scholar well being care to close by suppliers.
Whether or not college students can be higher served by one other system is the query for directors.
“Are we getting one of the best worth for our college students by having this mannequin on campus?” mentioned College President Brad Mortensen.
“Might we put these sources to higher use, possibly a use that will have a broader influence for all of our college students?”
Proper now, the middle offers low-cost care to college students and doesn’t require any type of insurance coverage. That isn’t misplaced on Government Director of Well being and Wellness, Diana Abel.
“We’re very properly conscious that not all of our college students have insurance coverage,” she mentioned.
Abel mentioned entry to insurance coverage is an element they may think about as they transfer nearer to a call about outsourcing scholar well being care.
Administration officers are additionally contemplating how the present well being middle is funded. A portion of the working bills come from scholar charges which must be reviewed and reworked by a Pupil Payment Suggestion committee.
“We might work very carefully with that group to verify how these charges had been getting used,” Mortensen mentioned.
“It will be very clear,” he mentioned.
Mortensen admitted the method of shutting down the on-campus well being middle is a prolonged one. He mentioned it would require enter from a number of events.
If outsourced, Weber State would be the second college in Utah that doesn’t provide on-campus healthcare. Southern Utah College is at the moment the one Utah college with out a well being care middle.
Contributing: Simone Seikaly