New health care services at Prescott College

By Maria Johnson
Staff Writer

Prescott College now provides health care for students through the Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC). Within walking distance from the college, four certified physicians at the YRMC PhysicianCare Family Medicine Office offer appointments on the same or next day.

Laurie Silver, Dean of Student Life, explained that this will greatly increase students’ accessibility to health care. “This eliminates the process of having to find a doctor or go to Urgent Care,” she said.

Both students and faculty have expressed their challenges in finding reliable health care in the Prescott area. This burden has been the driving force behind the College’s partnership with PhysicianCare, in the hopes that a dependable, easy-to-access doctor will be available at all times.

Silver commented, “YRMC PhysicianCare is dedicated to better serving the Quad City area, and so when we approached them, they were excited at the opportunity to partner with Prescott College and serve our students.”

All students with Prescott College insurance are eligible for this service, as are students with other insurance providers accepted by YRMC. The Prescott College insurance requires a $100 deductible and will pay for 80 percent of the costs.

This new arrangement between YRMC and Prescott College requires that students act responsibly about maintaining their appointments or cancelling ahead of time. If students miss appointments repetitively without notifying YRMC, the arrangement could be threatened. “Everyone needs to do their part,” encouraged Silver.

Students interested in using this new health care option must first fill out a form at the Student Life Office before making their initial appointment at YRMC. Silver emphasized, “We need to get the word out to PC students, so they can get medical care when they need it.”

This article appeared in the April 2011 print edition of The Raven Review.
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