Student Health and Wellness

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 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.

***Special COVID-19-related Hours and Information***

UIC Student Health and Wellness places the health and well-being of our students as our utmost priority.  We understand that this is 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.

UIC Student Health and Wellness has transitioned all clinical work to telemedicine and phone triage effective Monday, March 23.

Clinic Phone:  (815) 395-5870

Hours

Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. – Noon

You MUST call the clinic and leave a message.  ALL messages will be checked hourly.  Be complete in your message including your full name and phone number.  We will follow up, triage or schedule a telemedicine visit as necessary.

After hours:  in the event that you have an urgent 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.

Benefits:

Private insurance – review your certificate of coverage for details of network benefits and where to obtain urgent or emergency care.

CampusCare – review the certificate of coverage for details of network.  Emergency or urgent care in-network locations:  MercyHealth, UI Health and Unity Point.  https://campuscare.uic.edu/in-network-hospitals/  Review the website for all CampusCare information.

UI Health L.P. Johnson Family Health Center – remains open and is an in-network provider for CampusCare.  It is best to contact UIC Student Health and Wellness first in order to discuss any scheduling at the Family Health Center during this time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Our very best to you all,

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

 

COVID-19-Related Services and Information

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, you can call Student Health and Wellness for guidance and testing options.

Coronaviruses typically cause symptoms that are similar to influenza (the flu) and other viral illnesses. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tiredness, body aches
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately by calling 911 and letting the operator know you have a suspected case of COVID-19 or by calling the hospital emergency room to let them know you are going to be arriving. Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face.

More information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health Services

Student-Fee Covered:

  • Routine office visits for common acute illnesses and injuries
  • Age-appropriate preventive services
  • Preventive gynecologic care, including screening pap smears
  • Sexually transmitted disease screening
  • Physical exams
  • Routine office-based laboratory tests: urine dip, pregnancy test, rapid strep, mono, hemoccult, KOH/Vag prep (tests subject to change)

Private Insurance and CampusCare:

Through Student Health and Wellness, students can obtain outside of the student fee

  • any remaining primary care services and
  • laboratory services.

Counseling Services

Professional and confidential psychiatry and counseling services are offered to all UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford students.

Students are eligible for 20 combined counseling or psychiatric services sessions at Student Health and Wellness for such issues as:

  • 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

Wellness Activities

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.

Programming is available to all students. Topics may include:

Student Relaxation Room

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.

  • 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

Normal Hours ***Suspended***

Monday
Health Services 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tuesday
Health Services 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Counseling 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wednesday
Health Services 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Counseling  3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Psychiatry 9-5 p.m. 2nd Wednesday of the Month

Thursday
Health Services 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Counseling 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday
Health Services 8 a.m.-Noon

Location

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

Appointments

Call (815) 395-5870 to schedule an appointment.

After hours:

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

Medical/MBT/Pharmacy/Nursing Students:

  • 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

MBT/Pharmacy/Nursing Students ONLY

  • UI Health L.P. Johnson Family Health Center, 1221 E. State Street, Rockford, IL, (815) 972-1000

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?

Students are routinely scheduled for the next available appointment during business hours. A student in crisis may be scheduled for an emergency office visit by one of our providers as needed. If you feel you are experiencing a crisis, please do not hesitate to contact us. Call us as soon as possible at (815) 395-5870.

After Hours

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency and require services outside of Student Health and Wellness’s regular business hours, a number of resources are available to provide the support you need.

In-person Emergency Care

In the event of a life-threatening mental health emergency for which you require immediate emergency services, regardless of insurance coverage or proximity to where your home is, please dial 911 or go to the closest emergency room to receive immediate care.

Crisis Hotlines

If you believe that your concerns require immediate attention, but you do not feel that you need to be seen in person or require immediate emergency hospital care, please contact one of the crisis hotlines provided below for assistance:

InTouch Crisis Hotline
(312) 996-5535
Sunday-Friday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
The InTouch Hotline is a free crisis intervention, counseling and referral service offered to UIC students and members of the greater Chicagoland area. The InTouch Hotline is staffed by volunteers trained through the UIC Counseling Center Paraprofessional Program. Calls placed to the InTouch Hotline remain confidential and are treated in an objective, non-judgemental fashion.

Alternatively, you may call these hotlines available 24/7:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
(800) 273-8255

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Hotline
(312) 926-8100

Other Resources

Visit the UIC Counseling Center’s website for self-help resources.