Creighton Opens New Student Care Clinic
Creighton Opens New Student Care Clinic

Beginning this year, Creighton University is partnering with CHI Health to serve the medical needs of students with the CHI Health Clinic – Student Care Clinic. Based out of the CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-University Campus at 2412 Cuming St., the clinic replaces Student Health Services, formerly housed in the Mike and Josie Harper Center.

The clinic will offer expanded hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with walk-in and same-day appointments available. The facility is staffed with board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants and offers on-site X-rays and CT scans.

The clinic also includes an emergency room and pharmacy on-site. Students will have access to registered dietitians, diabetes educators, population health coaches, physical and occupational therapists, and pharmacists.

Student Counseling Services is now located in Markoe Hall, along with a new office, the Student Health Education and Compliance Office, which will provide health education and wellness resources for students and monitor immunization and health insurance compliance.

Directions to Student Counseling Services, the Student Health Education and Compliance Office and the Student Care Clinic are available here.

More information is available at the Division of Student Life website. Parents with questions may call 402-280-2735.

“This clinic has a strong primary care focus,” says Amy McGaha, MD, endowed professor and chair of the University’s Department of Family Medicine, who also practices as a family physician at the CHI clinic. “Really, the hallmark of practicing in this location is that we see health care as a team sport. And for the Creighton students who are going to be getting their health care here, they can have the expectation that they’re going to be cared for by a team.”

That team will be led by Nathan Haecker, BA’01, MD’05, medical director of the Student Care Clinic and director of the Student Health Education and Compliance Office. Haecker has worked in college health for more than 10 years, spending the last six at his alma mater. It’s a labor of love, he says.

“It’s just a blast. College students are a fun population to take care of. I think a lot of people assume that at a student clinic, you’re just going to take care of coughs and colds, but it’s so much more than that,” Haecker says. “There is a strong focus on preventative health and general wellness. College students tend to follow recommendations, and for the most part, strive to be healthy.”

Students who visit the clinic will likely be seen by Haecker and his team of health professionals, including physician assistant Erin Walsh, MEd’08. For students with ongoing health conditions, Angela Maynard, RN, BSN, associate director of student health education and student insurance, handles care coordination. She helps families navigate the health care system and introduces them to resources available at Creighton.

“My goal is to get them connected with the appropriate care here proactively, so that we’re not scrambling once they’re in trouble or have a problem,” Maynard says. “We know that when kids come to college, they want to be a normal college kid. They don’t want to be the kid who had a kidney transplant in third grade, they don’t want to be the kid who had seizures through high school. And we can help them have a normal transition and a smooth transition if we know things ahead of time.”

One advantage to moving to the CHI clinic, Haecker says, will be having more doctors under one roof to coordinate referrals and help get students where they need to be. The clinic, accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, houses specialists in endocrinology, cardiology, neurology and women’s health, as well as a team of family and internal medicine providers, including McGaha.

Originally intent on becoming a geriatric nurse, McGaha shifted course after working with a team of family physicians during medical school. She joined Creighton in 2011 and became chair of family medicine in 2016.

“This is a calling to a ministry,” McGaha says of her profession. “For me, working at Creighton is a natural fit because you’re getting the opportunity to be in service to your community.”

At the CHI clinic, she says, students will not only receive quality health care from dedicated professionals, they’ll also have the chance to learn in the place where they’re being treated.

“I hope that this campus demonstrates the absolute best that health care can be,” she says, “so that when they go out and become health care attorneys, administrators, social workers, nurses, their experiences as a patient inspire them to ensure that whoever they’re serving gets that same level of care.”