A new on-campus health center operated by Atrium Health will bring free, comprehensive healthcare to students at Johnson C. Smith University.
Last November, Atrium committed $3 million in support of JCSU as part of a $250 million Mayor’s Racial Equity Initiative. Roughly half of Atrium’s commitment to the university will go to staff and support the health center, officials said Thursday.
With Atrium’s support, the JCSU Health Center will offer services including:
- testing for common illnesses
- chronic condition management and monitoring
- wellness exams and athletic physicals
- routine lab work
- sexual health
The center also will include a limited, on-site pharmacy and over-the-counter medications. Technology improvements will include electronic medical record snd referrals to off-site care, when appropriate.
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JCSU faculty and staff will have limited access to the center as well.
In addition to its support of the health center, Atrium committed $1.5 million from a newly created Bishop George E. Battle Jr. Scholarship Fund to go toward scholarships and pipeline programs for JCSU students who are pursuing careers in health care.
JCSU President Clarence D. Armbrister said the multi-year agreement with Atrium will allow the center to be accessible to students for free without increasing the cost of tuition.
Atrium President and CEO Eugene A Woods said in a statement that “health, education and access to opportunity are the essential building blocks of a bright future for our community.”