Student Health and Wellness

Assisting all students in achieving and maintaining optimum physical, mental and emotional health.

Student Health and Wellness at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford serves students registered in the College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and College of Nursing programs at the Rockford campus.

As part of tuition and fees each semester, students are charged a mandatory health service fee. The fee covers general operating costs for Student Health and Wellness, which provides medical services, counseling and wellness activities. Registered students have access to services covered by student health fees, regardless of their insurance coverage. If you require services beyond what is provided under student health fees, consult your insurance policy (CampusCare or private health plans). Student Health and Wellness at UIC Health Sciences Campus–Rockford accepts the majority of private insurance plans and can serve as a medical home for a student.

Student Health and Wellness is dedicated to assisting all students in achieving and maintaining optimum physical, mental and emotional health. Healthy patients become healthy providers.

UIC Student Health and Wellness places the health and well-being of our students as our utmost priority.  We understand that this may be a difficult time for everyone on campus and our Rockford community.  We want you to know that you are not alone and we are still here to care and support you.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, all appointments during the fall semester must be scheduled by calling (815) 395-5870. Walk in appointments will not be taken. Students may be asked to reschedule their appointment if you are late for a scheduled appointment time. We also discourage non-essential appointments within the building and better leverage our technology for telephone and telehealth visits.

At the beginning of the semester, it is anticipated that there may be reduced appointment times available for certain routine appointments. Student Health and Wellness does have many telehealth appointment options. Due to scheduling nuances, we cannot guarantee appointments will be accommodated “same day” but we will try to accommodate your request.

All students present in the building should provide for social distancing spaces between themselves and other individuals. Students are encouraged to request medication refills by calling their pharmacy. Students will need to enter and exit through the main front entrance of the college.

As a student at the UIC Health Sciences Campus Rockford, you pay two fees at registration, which cover services that should meet most of your health care needs. They are the Health Service Fee and the Student Insurance Fee.  The Health Fee should not be confused with CampusCare, the student health insurance program.

HEALTH SERVICE FEE

The Health Service Fee is prepayment for services provided by Student Health and Wellness.  This fee cannot be waived. All UIC registered students pay a Student Services Fee.  This fee pays for access to preventive and acute healthcare services provided by the UIC Student Health and Wellness clinic Rockford at no additional charge. The health service fee does not cover all visits to our clinic. Care for ongoing medical problems will be covered by your private insurance or by CampusCare if you selected CampusCare for your health benefits. For a more detailed list of services provided or not provided by the health service fee, please see https://hospital.uillinois.edu/primary-and-specialty-care/family-medicine/student-health. The services are the same for Rockford students as well.

STUDENT INSURANCE FEE

CampusCare is the student health insurance program. All students must maintain health insurance throughout their student careers. This can be via CampusCare or other insurance coverage. If students have alternative insurance coverage, they must submit an online waiver for the CampusCare program at the beginning of each academic year.

Due to utmost concerns for health and safety during this time of COVID-19, the counseling sessions are not currently open for face-to-face appointments and is functioning entirely remotely, using video and/or phone.  Your therapist will have the ability to provide an in-office appointment with you if this is necessary for best care.

Issues commonly addressed through brief individual or group counseling include

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Stress/burnout
  • School and life balance
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Relationship problems or family conflicts
  • Focus, concentration or memory concerns
  • Sadness or feeling overwhelmed
  • Difficulty coping with change or transition

For more information about online mental health resources and apps: https://counseling.uic.edu/online-resources/mental-health-resources/

Clinical services and therapeutic records are strictly confidential as protected by law. UIC students automatically assessed the health services fee as part of their current enrollment are eligible for counseling services without additional fee and regardless of insurance coverage.

We provide health and wellness information sessions and educational programs, as well as knowledge and skill-building activities for our student communities that encourage healthy choices and lifestyles.Online/Remote opportunities for wellness activities do exist! Please inquire with Anne Zuba, LCSW at [email protected]. Programming is available to all students. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Resiliency/burnout
  • Stress management
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Self-compassion
  • Worry, anxiety and panic
  • Nutrition and mental health
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Relaxation/guided imagery
  • Secondary trauma and professional self-care

The Student Relaxation Room in N120 offers a quiet, welcoming space for students to practice relaxation and stress reduction. Yoga mats, self-help books, aromatherapy diffuser, and our massage recliner are available during Student Health and Wellness hours.

Appointments

Due to the COVID-19 situation, UIC Student Health and Wellness will only see patients by scheduled appointment through the fall semester by calling (815) 395-5870. Walk in appointments will not be available at this time. Students may be asked to reschedule their appointment if you are late for a scheduled appointment time.

  • Monday – Thursday 8am – 4pm
  • Extended appointments till 7pm on Wednesdays
  • Friday 8am – Noon

After Hours

In the event that you have an urgent health concern that cannot wait until the following day, you can access the answering service by calling (779) 696-2050 or by following the instructions on our clinic voicemail and ask to be connected to UIC Student Health and Wellness.

If you have an acute illness and Student Health and Wellness services are unavailable, the following locations are available:

  • CampusCare students: Mercyhealth Convenient Care Clinics and Hospital (815) 971-2000
  • Private insured students: Access care per your insurance network as defined in your certificate of coverage

Location

Student Health and Wellness is located in room N113 at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford, Illinois, 61107.

Staff

Noel Pycior, MS, APRN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
Director of Student Health and Wellness

Benjamin Shepherd, MD
Psychiatrist

Anne Zuba, MSW, LCSW
Student Health and Wellness Counselor

In Crisis?

Emergency services

I want to end my life. I have a plan, and I don’t think I can stop myself.

  • Call 911
  • Go to the nearest Hospital Emergency Room One or more healthcare professionals will ask you several questions, and you may be admitted to stay in the hospital and receive treatment until you are feeling better. Many insurance policies will cover necessary emergency services obtained in most hospital emergency rooms. Going to the ER can be scary, but try your best to let the doctors and nurses take care of you.

Mental Health Crisis

I think I am having a mental health crisis.

  • During business hours (M-T, 8am-4pm, Fri 8am – Noon), call the UIC Student Health and Wellness Rockford at 815-395-5870. You may be scheduled for a crisis consultation or connected to a counselor for an immediate assessment as needed.
  • If you believe you are in crisis – please present to the nearest Emergency Room for prompt evaluation and treatment.  Consider that you may be asked to stay in the hospital for further evaluation.
  • You can also consider contacting us after business hours at our answering service by calling (779) 696-2050 to speak with our Director Noel Pycior MS, FNP-BC.  She will be there to listen and help create a plan for the care you need in order to keep you safe.
  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional: Follow the plan that you and your provider have established for managing crises and contact your provider in the manner as agreed upon.
  • Scroll down for additional resources!

Click here for Suicide Prevention Resources 

Additional Resources

24-Hour Crisis Hotlines

  • You can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline  at 800-273-8255. They also has an online chat that is available all day, every day.
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Hotline (312) 926-8100
  • The Crisis Text Line  lets you text your feelings to someone who cares. Text HOME to 741741 and a trained crisis counselor will text back.
  • NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness support/contact information https://www.nami.org/Home :  Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-6264 M-F, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., ET Or in a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741 for 24/7, confidential, free crisis counseling.

I identify as LGBTQ. I want to talk to someone who understands me.

  • The UIC Gender and Sexuality Center understands intersecting identities and the multiple layers of diversity within LGBTQIA identities including race, class, ability, geography, immigration status, and religious affiliation. You can contact them during limited business hours by calling (312) 413-8619 or  emailing them at [email protected].
  • The Trevor Project specializes in supporting people in the LGBTQ community. You can call them any time at 866-488-7386. They also have a chat service and a text service (text START to 678-678) that are available 24/7/365.

I am a veteran. I want to talk to someone who understands me.

  • Student Veterans Affairs at UIC provides caring and personalized support to UIC undergraduate and graduate student veterans. We help our veterans navigate the campus and provide a welcoming space, mentoring from student veterans, guidance on educational benefits, and tools to succeed academically and personally. Though the Dean of Students’ office (1200 West Harrison St., Suite 3030)  is currently physically closed, you can reach out about Student Veteran Affairs by emailing [email protected] or by calling during business hours (312) 996-4857).
  • The Veterans Crisis Line is a 24/7 service available to all veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve, and their family and friends. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1text 838255, or chat online to talk to a VA professional, many of whom are veterans themselves.

I am being abused, and I feel like I have nowhere to turn.

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911. 
  • Non-emergency number for the Rockford Police department 815-966-2900.  Rockford Police department Domestic Violence Unit 779-500-6555
  • You can connect with Remedies https://www.remediesrenewinglives.org/   Are you experiencing domestic violence?  Do you feel unsafe in your relationship?  Remedies Renewing Lives is here to help!  No one deserves to be abused.  We are here for you.  Trained Remedies advocates are available 24-hours per day at: 815-962-6102
  • You can also call Safe Horizon  at 866-621-HOPE (4673) or the Illinois Domestic Violence Help Line  at 877.863.6338 (or 1-877-863-6339 TTY) any time. Safe Horizon also offers an online chat from 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-799-7233
  • You can also connect with the Campus Advocacy Network  during business hours at 312-413-8206  or email them at [email protected].

I’ve been sexually assaulted and don’t know what to do.

  • You can contact an advocate at Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling Inc. 815-636-9811 Trained volunteers provide 24-hour counseling for victims of sexual assault and abuse in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties. All counselors and volunteers have received special training in working with victims and their families. Crisis Intervention is a key component of Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling. A 24 Hour crisis hotline, which is maintained by master’s level therapists is available to those that sexual assault has impacted.  Our medical advocacy crisis intervention services are also available 24 hours. Trained medical advocates respond to hospital ER staff in order to provide support to those in need. Crisis Intervention is a key component of Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling.
  • The YWCA also offers a 24/7  Rape Crisis Hotline help to those who have been affected by sexual assault. You can call them at 888-293-2080 (Chicago Metro Area), 630-971-3927 (DuPage County), or  708-748-5672 (South Suburbs).
  • The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 by calling 800-656-HOPE (4673). They also offer an online chat and an app.