Student Health

Healthcare is available to students and their immediate families through Student Health Services. Student Health is a division of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine.

Mission

The mission of Student Health is to promote good health and well-being by encouraging students to make responsible choices that will contribute to their success both in and out of the classroom; to provide the highest quality of care physically, mentally and emotionally in an easily accessible manner providing respectful, non- judgmental atmosphere; to challenge students through health education to develop beliefs and habits that will insure their lifelong wellness and advance personal and community health.

Student Health Team

Healthcare is provided to all medical, graduate, physician assistant and nursing students in the College of Medicine and their spouses and children. Beth Wallen, MD, MPH, is the director of Student Health. The office is staffed with physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, along with a dedicated staff including the office associate coordinator, Janice Mesarick, and an administrative senior LPN, Patty Hamner.

Services

Student Health provides comprehensive primary-care services. These include acute and chronic care for medical problems, preventive healthcare including gynecology, family planning services and well-child visits. Referrals to specialists are provided as necessary by the Student Health providers.

Hours of Operation

Scheduled appointments are available as follows:

  • Mondays: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon

To schedule an appointment, call 717-531-5998. Call early for availability. If you need a same-day appointment weekdays, call before 11 a.m.

If there is no answer, follow the voice prompts at this extension.

After 4:30 p.m. weekdays, as well as on weekends, healthcare concerns are forwarded to the hospital nurse triage system. If the nurse triage system has concerns they are forwarded to the Family Medicine physician on call.

In addition, a new urgent-care center has opened in Hershey; Med Express Urgent Care Center at
565 E. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Christmas. Call 717-533-4935 for details.

According to UHC – First Student, Penn State’s insurance offered to students, Med Express in Hershey is in-network, with no copay. However, the $250 deductible must be met. After the deductible is met, visits are covered at 90 percent to a maximum of $,1300 out of pocket. A referral is not necessary. For information on other insurances, check the Med Express website.

Location

Student Health is located at a family practice office, Penn State Medical Group Fishburn Road, 845 Fishburn Road, Hershey, PA. (See details here.)

Take Route 322 east toward Route 743 south, and turn right at Fishburn Road. The office is located approximately three-quarters of a mile on the left. If you need transportation from campus to the clinic, please call Shuttle Services at 717-599-6376 between 7 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. After 3:15 p.m., call Security at 717-531-8711. Sometimes it is necessary to leave a message to request a ride. Remember to leave a return phone number.

Costs

Your insurance will be billed for the cost of your Student Health visit. If your insurance does not pay for the visit, you will not be responsible for the cost of the physician fees. However, the cost of prescriptions and laboratory tests, and the cost of any medical services provided outside of the Office of Student Health, are the responsibility of the student and their insurance carrier.

Insurance/Referrals

All students are required to have medical health insurance. Specific information concerning the school-offered insurance plan is distributed to all students at the beginning of each academic year. If a student chooses not to participate in the school-affiliated program, the student is required to show proof of equivalent insurance coverage on the waiver application form given to the bursar.

Each student is responsible to understand their healthcare policy and coverage. Services not covered by the student’s health insurance plan are the responsibility of the student.