Student Health Services to become University Health Services
By Jeff Stensland, STENSLAN@mailbox.sc.edu
The University of South Carolina’s Student Health Services will soon widen its mission to better serve the entire university community and beginning July 1, it will be known as University Health Services. The goal of the change is to expand health and wellness services available to all students, faculty and staff on the Columbia campus.
Throughout the global pandemic, Student Health Services has served a critical role in providing abundant COVID-19 testing, antibody testing and, more recently, vaccinations for qualifying members of the university community. University Health Services, which will become part of the Division of Administration and Finance, will build on that success and seek to develop innovative care models to enhance physical and mental wellness.
Recruiting and retaining high quality faculty and staff also depends on supporting a culture of well-being. We as an institution can accomplish that while also providing the highest quality of education to our students.
Deborah Beck, Chief Health Officer
The upcoming expansion also will include increased collaboration with state and local health care providers and health agencies like the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
“It’s essential that we work to find ways to improve the health and well-being of our campus community,” said UofSC’s Chief Health Officer Deborah Beck. “Recruiting and retaining high quality faculty and staff also depends on supporting a culture of well-being. We as an institution can accomplish that while also providing the highest quality of education to our students."
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