COLUMBUS, Miss.-- Angie Criddle wants to help everyone stay healthy.
That’s why the Mississippi University for Women Campus Health Center coordinator would like to offer a reminder about all of the services available on campus. Located in the Eckford Building, the Campus Health Center is free for all students, faculty and staff of The W and Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, as well as dependents of The W students, faculty and staff. The charge for dependents 3 years of age and older is $15.
“We can do colds, sinus infections, allergy shots, but the student has to bring the medicine and the orders from their doctor,” said Criddle, who is a registered nurse. “We can do blood pressure checks, weight checks or handle any concerns students have about anything.”
The Campus Health Center, which doesn’t take insurance, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed for an hour at lunchtime. It is closed on the weekend. The Campus Health Center only takes cash or checks. Students are asked to bring their IDs to obtain service.
Six nurse practitioners, who are faculty members in the College of Nursing, are on duty from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please check the sign on the front door if there is a practitioner available that day.
Those interested in getting physicals at the Campus Health Center are asked to make an appointment. Criddle said there is a small charge for those. The office telephone number is 662-329-7289.
“We have a lot of people who come here for the Wellness (physicals),” Criddle said. “We can do your Wellness bloodwork. We send if off through LabCorp. You just have to bring a copy of your insurance card. A lot of employees come here and do that so they don’t have to take off work or use any leave.”
Criddle said the Campus Health Center works closely with the Counseling Center and can address mental health issues like depression or anxiety. She said no controlled substances are written out of the office.
Criddle also said free condoms are available to men and women. She said students interested in testing for sexually transmitted diseases are referred to the local health department because it is cheaper.
Criddle encourages everyone on campus to wash their hands to promote good health. She suggests students visit the Campus Health Center if they aren’t feeling well rather than spreading a cold or the flu around campus.
“We do want to try to keep the campus healthy and safe and keep kids in school so they don’t have to miss class,” Criddle said. “It is nice to have our practitioners who are also instructors in the nursing program to staff the clinic.
“We’re here and we can refer out to any of the providers in the area if they need something specialized. Our practitioners have collaborating physicians that they work under, so we have a lot of fields out in the community in case somebody needs it.”