Northwestern College Health Services seeks to serve the health-care needs of the student body by providing a variety of medical services for traditional undergraduate students.
As a nurse-directed health care facility, we operate on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis. Most initial assessments are done by a registered nurse and a plan of care is determined at that visit.
This plan may include first aid for injuries, first line evaluation and management for illness and/or a referral to an off-campus physician. If the need is of a serious nature, appropriate emergency response personnel will be called. Appointments can also be scheduled with our physician and/or physician’s assistant for a variety of health care needs.
HEALTH INFORMATION AND NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE STUDENTS: PRIVACY/HIPAA
At Health Services, health information is administered under a combination of state and federal law, depending upon your eligibility status. In all cases, your personal health information is protected and remains private.
Health Information for NWC students is administered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (FERPA), and applicable laws of the state of Minnesota. At Health Services it is necessary that we use and share the minimum necessary amount of your health information for a variety of necessary treatment, payment and health care operations purposes. At all times, your health information is held in confidence, and treated as private and personal information. Except when required or allowed by law or in a medical emergency, your health information is not shared with persons who are not involved in your care and treatment. All Health Services staff members have acknowledged and understand their personal responsibility to protect your health information.
It is our practice to have you authorize the release of your health information to others. Except when required or allowed by law or in a medical emergency, we will not share your health information with parents, family members, faculty, administrators, potential employers, or others without your written authorization. For example:
PARENTS & FAMILY MEMBERS
Unless otherwise required or allowed by law or a medical emergency, your health information will not be shared with parents or family members without your consent. Should parents request information concerning your diagnosis, care, or treatment, they will be told to contact you for the desired information, or to discuss providing Health Services with a written authorization to release the information.
FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATORS
Unless otherwise required or allowed by law or a medical emergency, your health information will not be shared with faculty members and administrators. You may request a validation slip each time you are treated and present it to your instructors to assist with resolution of class absences. If you choose to do so, you may discuss additional health related details with a faculty member or administrator. However, unless a legal or medical emergency exception applies, Health Services will not provide health information to faculty members or administrators without your written authorization.