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August 19, 2008

University Health Center and Counseling Center Move to Patroon Creek

A UAlbany student getting off the bus at the new Health Center location.

A UAlbany student takes the new Health Center shuttle bus to the Patroon Creek Boulevard location. (Photo Mark Schmidt) 

The University Health Center and the University Counseling Center have moved to a new location at 400 Patroon Creek Boulevard (across Washington Avenue opposite the Harriman State Campus). See a map of the new location.

The move was prompted by the desire to provide a higher quality of service to students. Health Center Medical Director Dr. Peter Vellis said the new building "is a modern facility that is well-equipped to meet the primary care college health needs of UAlbany students." Counseling Center Director Dr. Estela Rivero noted that this move "is yet another indication of the increased commitment that we all have to the health and well-being of our students."

Shuttle service from the Science Library and Collins Circle to the new location is easy and convenient. The bus completes the loop every 30 minutes during the centers' hours of operation. The University Health Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday when classes are in session. University Counseling Center hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The new location provides a state-of-the-art facility, one in which all Health Center services are on the second floor. The Counseling Center services are on the first floor (Suite 104) with a separate entrance and private waiting area to maintain the highest level of student confidentiality. Yet the centers remain close to each other for easy referral. With continuous shuttle bus service during the hours of operation, students who are ill will no longer need to walk to access services. For those who drive, ample parking is available. University employees who use public transportation will also find the shuttle bus convenient.

At the new building, there is increased access to referral for medical subspecialty care. Other services in the building include cardiology, dermatology, hematology, ear, nose and throat (including allergy specialty services), laboratory (LabCorp), radiology services (PrimeCare Radiology) for plain X-rays, CT scans, ultrasound, and MRI.

The University Counseling Center continues to offer a wide range of services to students, faculty, staff, parents, and other members of the campus community. These services include free and confidential individual and group counseling and consultation services. In addition, the Counseling Center offers prevention and health promotion services in the areas of physical and mental health, sexuality, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, sexual assault prevention, eating and body awareness, and reaching one's academic and personal goals. 

The Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program, part of the University Counseling Center, as well as the Five Quad Ambulance Service, will remain in the current building until a new location is identified for them.

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