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Student Health Center returns home

photo of Dr. Peter Haughton

Story and photo by John Grayshaw

Peter Haughton, director of the Student Health Center, will host an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on March 24. All are welcome.

After a six-year stay in a temporary office on the far side of campus, this spring the Student Health Center has moved back into the newly renovated Student Health and Counseling Center.

Peter Haughton, the center’s director since 1977, said that he had been pushing for these renovations to take place for the past 26 years. According to Haughton, the Health Center has about 12,500 student visits a year, and receives 80 to 100 phone calls a day. He said that the new facility allows for more effective on-site care to help cut down on off-campus referrals.

“We have twice as many examining rooms,” said Haughton, “so we can see twice as many students a day.”

This renovation project included a total modernization of the original Student Health Center building, which now provides the college with an up-to-date facility tailored to students’ health needs. It has many new features, including a special isolated waiting room, with direct ventilation outside, for people whose illnesses might be contagious. It also includes a grand reception area, a triage area for assessment of medical needs and various specialized medical areas, including asthma care, general exam rooms and acute care. There are two full time doctors, three part time doctors, a consulting psychiatrist, six nurses and five clerical assistants.

The renovation was designed by campus architect David Smith, coordinated by Frank Wood, and managed by Garry Nack of Planning and Construction. The project cost approximately $700,000.

Student Health Center Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit

MARCH 15, 2004
Volume 2, Issue 5

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