Landmark College Health Service provides a wide range of medical care to its students.
Students should use Health Services just as they would their regular doctor at home. We see students for a variety of illnesses and injuries. Some students may need regular follow up visits for ongoing medical issues. We provide sexual health care, women’s health, support for smoking cessation, weight management, diet, and sleep issues. We also make referrals to area specialists as well as to other resources like physical therapists, chiropractors or dentists. We also provide flu clinics for students annually during the fall semester.
Schedule an Appointment
We see students by appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is “Walk-in” day. During the academic year, appointments are scheduled between 9 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call Cindy Brown at 802.387.1636. The Health Center is closed on weekends and holidays and after 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.
What do you do if you are ill or injured and Health Services is closed?
Is there a charge to be seen through Health Services?
Our services are free to all students attending Landmark College. Charges may be incurred for vaccines, prescriptions, flu shots or hard goods such as knee, wrist or ankle immobilizers or splints and will be billed to tuition accounts.
We do not offer allergy injections in-house at Health Services, however arrangements can be made for students to get their allergy injections done in a local Doctor’s office in Brattleboro. Students will need to provide insurance cards, as these visits will be billed to insurance.
Transportation to and from the visit can be provided for students who need it. A fee of $16 per hour will be charged to the student’s tuition account.
Appointments and transportation will be arranged through Health Services. Students should bring their serum with them to arrange initial appointments.
Students are required to provide the following:
- A precise schedule of dosage and frequency of administration from the prescribing physician.
- The prescribing physician’s name, address, phone number, fax number and office hours.
- Instructions for altering the schedule due to missed/late appointments.
- All vials must be clearly marked with name of student, contents and expiration date.
- New allergy patients must receive their first dose of serum in their prescribing allergist’s office.
Health Services does not have its own laboratory, however we can draw blood to be sent to an off -site lab. In addition to testing ordered by the provider here, we are able to do tests ordered by an outside physician.
The lab tests are done by Quest Diagnostics. Lab day is Wednesday. Appointments are made between 9 - 11:30 a.m. Accommodations are made to draw blood on other days if necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do If my doctor wants me to have lab work done while I am here?
You must obtain a written order from your doctor listing the tests to be done, as well as the diagnosis and/or a diagnostic code. The ordering physician’s name, address, telephone number and fax number must be on the order. This information is provided to the Laboratory. A report is sent to the ordering physician and a report is sent to Health Services and is placed in the student’s chart.
Health Services does not have its own pharmacy, nor is there a pharmacy in Putney. Prescriptions can be filled at any pharmacy in Brattleboro. We encourage students to use Hotel Pharmacy because they deliver daily to Landmark College, and they submit insurance for payment electronically.
Whether a student has a prescription from their doctor at home or is prescribed medication during a visit to Health Services, it is sent to Hotel Pharmacy with the student’s insurance information and delivered to the health center for the student to pick up.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Hotel Pharmacy delivery program work?
Hotel Pharmacy is an independent pharmacy in Brattleboro providing service to Landmark College students. Private physicians, as well as Health Services clinicians, can send prescriptions to Hotel Pharmacy. There is one delivery per day, Monday –Friday, between 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. There are no deliveries on weekends. Prescriptions are usually delivered the same day depending on the time of day they are received by the pharmacy.
Can my doctor at home call my prescriptions to Hotel Pharmacy?
Any U.S. physician or Health Care Provider with prescriptive privileges can send or call in prescriptions to Hotel Pharmacy. All prescriptions must be on tamper-proof pads. Controlled drugs, such as stimulants for ADD require a hard copy prescription. Faxes or copies will not be accepted.
How do I contact Hotel Pharmacy?
The Hotel Pharmacy
20 Elliot Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Health Service provides routine STI testing to students. STI testing is also a regular part of women’s gynecological exams. Students who have symptoms that are concerning them or who have been exposed to someone with a diagnosed sexually transmitted infection can call Cindy Brown at 802.387.1636 to schedule an appointment. Any testing done at Health Services is confidential, meaning that your test results can only be released to you and cannot be released to another person (including partners or parents) without your written consent.
If you are sexually active, regular testing for infections is a standard part of routine health care. What to be tested for, and how frequently, depends on your specific sexual behaviors. Barriers and limiting partners are the two most important ways to reduce your risk of getting an STI. We encourage students to come to Health Services if they have questions or concerns about sexual health.
There is no one standard battery of tests, however a routine screening usually includes an HIV test, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test. If you are having symptoms, other appropriate tests may be ordered based on those symptoms.
- Tested by blood test. Results 2-3 days
- Tested with urine, throat or an anal sample in men and women. A swab may be taken from a woman's cervix when doing a pap smear, as well. Results 2-3 days
- Tested with urine, throat or and anal sample in men and women. A swab may be taken from a woman's cervix when doing a pap smear, as well. Results 2-3 days
- Tested by swab of active lesions in mouth or genital area. No screening tests are available. 25% of people in the United States are infected. Most show no symptoms
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
- No screening test available. This is an extremely common virus that can cause genital warts, cervical cancer and anal cancer. A vaccine is now available to both men and women and is available in Health Services. For more details, make an appointment with Health Services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I get STI testing?
If you are sexually active, testing for infections should be a standard part of routine health care. What test and how frequently you are tested depends on your specific sexual behaviors. Health Services staff are available for consultation. Appointments can be made by calling Cindy Brown at 802.387.1636.
Does it matter if I use a lubricated condom or a non-lubricated one?
Lubricated condoms are preferred for vaginal and anal sex. Lubrication helps prevent ripping or tearing of the condom. Non-lubricated condoms are generally preferred for oral sex. Both types of condoms are available in the waiting room of Health Services.
What do I do if the condom breaks?
Emergency Contraception is available in Health Services. To be effective in preventing a pregnancy, it must be used within 72 hours of the unprotected intercourse. If Health Services is closed, women 18 and older can purchase emergency contraception (Plan B) over the counter at any pharmacy.
Does Health Services carry the HPV vaccine?
Health Services does not keep the HPV vaccine on hand, however it can be ordered from Hotel Pharmacy as a prescription in the student's name and delivered. It consists of a series of three injections. The second is given one month after the first and the third is given six months later. It provides protection against four strains of HPV—two strains that most commonly cause cancer of the cervix, and two strains that cause genital warts. The vaccine does not treat HPV, it can only prevent it. There are dozens of strains of HPV, so those who are immunized need to be aware that they can still catch some type of HPV. Most insurance companies are paying for the vaccine, but students should check with their primary insurance companies prior to getting the series. HPV vaccine has now been approved for both women and men. To learn more, make an appointment to discuss the vaccine with Health Services staff.
Health Services provides a wide range of women's health services. These include annual gynecological exams and pap smears, STI testing, consultation about contraceptive choices, prescribing birth control pills, evaluation and treatment of vaginal and urinary tract infections and information about the HPV vaccine.
To meet with a clinician call Cindy Osuna at 802.387.1636 to schedule an appointment. All visits are confidential. Information cannot be shared with anyone without your written consent.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at an annual gynecological exam?
An annual gynecological exam should be performed yearly on all women 18 or older, and women who are sexually active prior to age 18. Many young women start college without ever having had an exam. The examination is a time to discuss each woman's general health, sexual health and is an opportunity to learn about one's body. Testing maybe performed for sexually transmitted infections. Based on a woman's health history, age and other risk factors, a pap smear may be done at this visit.
How often should I have a pap smear?
The Pap Smear is a test that looks for pre-cancerous changes by examining cells that have been taken from the cervix (the opening of the uterus). It is one of the best and most useful cancer screening tests, and is done during the annual gynecological exam.
According to 2009 guidelines, a first pap smear does not need to be done until a woman is 21 years of age or older, if she is not yet sexually active. All women should have a gynecological exam every year to review other health issues, have a breast exam and get regular STI testing, depending on age, risk factors and history.
I may want to start some form of birth control, but what if I'm not sure what kind I want?
Call Cindy Osuna at 802.387.1636 to schedule an appointment with the nurse practitioner to discuss the various forms of birth control. Though birth control pills are the most commonly used form of contraception, there are other options: the Nuva ring, the IUD, diaphragm and condoms.
I already have birth control pills prescribed by my doctor at home. How can I get them here at school?
If your doctor practices in the US, he or she can call a prescription into any pharmacy in the country. Out-of-state doctors can prescribe in Vermont. Although we do not have a pharmacy, we work closely with the Hotel Pharmacy in Brattleboro. They deliver prescriptions once daily, Monday through Friday, to Health Services and you can pick them up here.
There are several ways to get the prescription to the Hotel Pharmacy:
- Your doctor can call in or fax your prescription to the hotel pharmacy. He or she must let the pharmacy know that you are a Landmark student and need the prescription delivered.
- Your doctor can send you a paper copy of your prescription and you can bring it to Health Services. We will fax it to Hotel Pharmacy, along with a copy of your health insurance.
- If you have an active prescription on file at a pharmacy at home, you can ask to have a prescription transferred to Hotel Pharmacy. Once the prescription has been transferred, you can get your renewals sent here. When you have a week's worth of pills left, call Health Services and we will call in your renewal for delivery.
Help! I'm about to run out of my pills! What should I do?
If you are currently taking birth control pills and there are no more renewals left, it usually means you need another appointment with your doctor. Here's what you should do:
- If your doctor at home prescribed them, call that doctor. He or she can call in a refill to Hotel Pharmacy until you can make a follow-up appointment.
- If your doctor will not give you a refill, schedule an appointment with Health Services here to discuss your options. If you run out of pills in the meantime and you are sexually active, be sure to use a back up method, such as condoms.
- If your pills are prescribed by Health Services, call us. We can call in a prescription for a one month refill, which will give you time to make an appointment.
How do I get Emergency Contraception?
Emergency Contraception is available in Health Services. If you are in need of it when Health Service is closed, you can get it at any pharmacy if you are 18 or older. Emergency contraception can be used up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse to prevent pregnancy. It is most effective if used within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
Annual Student Flu Vaccine Clinic
Landmark Students Flu Vaccine Clinic will be held in the Dining Hall on the following dates:
- Thursday, September 20, 2012: 11:30 - 1 p.m.
- Thursday, September 27, 2012: 5 - 7 p.m.
- Thursday, October 18, 2012: 11:30 - 1 p.m. (an additional date has been added)
Cost is $25
- Can be paid by cash, check or student campus account
Don't Wait, Vaccinate!
This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older. It’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated. Those people include the following:
People who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu. This includes:
- People who have certain medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease.
- Pregnant women
- People 65 years and older
People who live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications. This includes:
- Household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease
Life can get pretty hectic sometimes. Whether it's school, work, or your social life, you probably think you have other, more important things to do than get vaccinated against the flu. Fortunately, there's a quick and easy way for you to protect yourself, and to keep from spreading the flu to friends and family. Get a flu vaccine. One shot will help protect you against the three strains of virus predicted to cause illness this season.
The few minutes it will take you to get a flu vaccine is much shorter than the days you might have to take off from school, work, or both, if you get sick with the flu. It takes about two weeks to build immunity against the flu, so it's important to act now, in order to be fully protected by the time flu outbreaks begin. By immunizing yourself against the flu, you'll help protect your family, friends, classmates, and co-workers, too.