Joshua Meribole–Staff Writer
At the beginning of this school year, one of the most notable changes that came to Dordt was with the Student Health and Counseling Center.
Dordt changed both the location and name of the Student Health services. Throughout the summer, walls were constructed, furniture and equipment installed to make sure the Student Health and counseling services would be ready to receive student.
“The new name better reflects who we serve, and what our services are. So, we added ‘student,’ to reflect that the services are for students, not faculty and staff. And we added counseling to reflect that counseling is here as well,” said Beth Bass the Director of Health and Counseling Center.
The change in location makes it easier for students on campus to better reach the service. Baas also said it also makes it closer to the Students Services, which the health service is part of.
Julius Mwale, a junior, welcomes the change in location.
“It was very weird having to go to the basement of a girl’s dorm to get medical help,” said Mwale.
Because the health and counseling service moved to where the mailboxes were, they were moved to the campus center. Julius was fine with that.
“I didn’t get that much paper mail, and you already get a notification now when you have mail, which I think is more useful,” said Mwale.
Baas says the discussion to move the health services began about 5 years ago. The final decision was made around May.
The changes from the old location to the new location comes with other less-noticed change.
“Each room is a soundproof box,” said Baas. The old location did not have sound proofing. Although Baas’ lab is smaller, she says she is now able to leave some of her equipment in her the room where she is examining students. Other changes include a larger counselling office.
There were 720 health related appointments and 413 appointments for counseling last year. Baas says the number of Health Services is normally higher with 800-900 appointment. The Student health services started around 2003 with counseling added around 2008.
The Student Health and Counseling services is open to drop in from 9:00am – 12:00pm and 12:40pm – 3:30pm by appointment.
Counseling is available by appointment only from 9:00 am – 3pm from Monday to Friday.