University Health & Wellness
The mission of Health Services is to maintain, improve, and promote optimal wellness of the Murray State University community so that its members may achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.
Our office is fully committed to protecting the privacy of our patients' information. Medical records are strictly confidential. No medical information is released without the client's written consent, except as required by law.
Visits to Health Services are free for current Murray State University students, faculty, and staff. Summer clinic services are available to students enrolled in summer classes, as well as faculty and staff members. Anyone utilizing Health Services MUST present a valid Racer ID card.
- Physical assessment for illness or injury
- Treatment for illness and minor injury
- Laboratory Services - CLIA-waived lab tests such as urine dipstick, rapid strep, urine pregnancy, urine sexually transmitted infection, rapid HIV, mono, and fasting blood sugar can be performed in the clinic at no charge to the student, faculty, or staff member. Additional laboratory testing will be referred to an outside provider.
- HIV testing/counseling
- Evaluation of health risks
- Tobacco cessation/counseling
- Health promotion
- Health education
Health Services is located in the North wing of Wells Hall on the ground floor. The main entrance faces the quadrangle and is the door closest to Faculty Hall.
- M, Tu, Th, F 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m; Wed 8am to 11:30am (spring and fall hours)
- M-F 8-11:30am (summer hours)
- There may be times during regular clinic hours we will close due to high patient volume. Anytime we are closed during our normal operating hours (unless there is an official University closing) we are available for appointments and emergencies by calling 270-809-3809.
- Should a student, faculty, or staff member have an urgent health care question during times the clinic is closed, he/she may call Public Safety at (270)809-2222. The operator will contact an on-call nurse to get in touch with the individual.
- Kim Paschall MS, BSN, RN-BC - Director
- Lynn Fromm MSN, APRN, FNP-BC - Associate Director
- Emily Hill BSN, RN - Staff Nurse
- Jennifer Waldrop BSN, RN - Staff Nurse
- Donna Kitchen - Administrative Specialist
Immunizations offer protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. Some areas in the United States are experiencing re-emergence of some of these diseases. Take the time to check your immunization status and ensure you are up-to-date on especially MMR, Tdap, and Meningococcal vaccines. You may get these and other vaccines at the Calloway County Health Department (270)753-3381 or any local physician’s office. Contact MSU Health Services for further information. You can also find current disease trends and immunization information at www.cdc.gov.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health is actively preparing for the threat posed by the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus that can be transmitted to humans. The greatest risk for Kentuckians to contract the Zika virus, at present, is by traveling to a country where the Zika virus is endemic in the local mosquito population or by having unprotected sex with someone who has traveled.
Zika virus is currently circulating in parts of Mexico, Cape Verde, and 26 other countries in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Oceania. Zika virus disease is considered by the World Health Organization to be a serious international public health threat. Although many people who contract Zika virus infection have mild or no symptoms, pregnant women are thought to be at particular high risk for complications after Zika virus exposure, because the virus has been linked with the birth of babies who have defects in their brains. Until more is known, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant take the following precautions:
- Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor or other healthcare professional first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.
- Women trying to become pregnant should consult with their healthcare professional before traveling to these areas and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.
Travelers are specifically advised to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and to use approved insect repellents. CDC has additional information online on how travelers can protect themselves and their family members from mosquito bites http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html. International travelers to at-risk countries who develop fever, rash, and other acute symptoms within two weeks of return to Kentucky should consult with their medical provider. For a full list of affected countries/regions: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html. Localized areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing can be difficult to determine and are likely to continue to change over time. Additional facts and information specifically related to Zika virus and Zika virus disease can be found online, http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html. Kentuckians planning international travel are particularly recommended to consult the CDC’s Travelers’ Health Website, http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/, for country-specific health information for travelers. A Weblink about Zika Travel Information, http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information, is found on that site.
Other Zika virus resources: