The Campus Health Center (CHC) is a full service primary care clinic that serves all currently enrolled Wayne State University (WSU) students. CHC has always been an academic, nurse managed clinic owned and operated by Nursing Practice Corporation (NPC), the faculty practice plan of the College of Nursing (CON) at WSU.
Wayne State University was founded in 1868, however, it was a commuter-school and did not house its own residence halls. As Wayne State University evolved into having on-campus living, a need was established in the early 2000s for there to be a clinic on campus.
Brief CHC History Overview:
In 2005, the Campus Health Center started as a pilot project to serve students living on campus. At this time, CHC was located in the South Hall, now known as Atchison Hall, and consisted of only one nurse practitioner, one medical assistant, and very small examination rooms.
Having seen incredible success, in 2006, CHC moved into its current location at 5200 Anthony Wayne Drive, Suite 115, located in its own space in the Helen DeRoy Apartment Building. There were four exam rooms and over 5 staff members.
Nursing Practice Corporation (NPC), the Faculty Practice Plan of the CON at WSU, took over management of CHC. CHC became a year-round academic, nurse-managed clinic.
CHC expands to include 8 exam rooms and additional staff.
CHC expands further to include mental health nurse practitioners. CHC continued to offer mental health services until mid-2011.
CHC expands once again to offer 7 exam rooms, a designated space for in house lab testing, and triage room on the main floor and a second floor with office space, employing several nurse practitioners, two medical assistants, a consulting physician, three front office coordinators, and a Director of Business Operations. .
CHC staff expands to include a Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Marketing and Outreach, and was able to hire a Dietician, through the Health Resources and Services Administration section of the Nurse Education Practice Quality and Retention grant for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.
After completion of the grant, we continue to offer dietetic services to WSU students.
Over the past several years, CHC increased its outreach events on campus attending orientation tables, fairs, and providing outreach clinics for flu and STI testing. As a result of this, in 2014/2015, the Campus Health Center won the Highest Immunization Coverage Levels among Medium Sized Institutions award by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services College/University Flu Vaccination Challenge.
The Campus Health Center currently sees approximately 8,000 WSU students each year.