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Atrium Health Navicent, Fort Valley State University Partner to Offer On-campus Student Health Services

Campus health clinic to open this fall

Atrium Health Navicent and Fort Valley State University (FVSU) have partnered to offer on-campus health services for students, faculty and staff beginning fall 2023.

The partnership has evolved from a relationship between leaders at Atrium Health Navicent and FVSU, which led to a discussion about ways to enhance students’ health and well-being through services offered on campus.

“This partnership will increase access to quality health care close to home for students, faculty and staff at Fort Valley State University,” said Atrium Health Navicent President Delvecchio Finley. “Eliminating barriers individuals may face in seeking health care, and offering a convenient clinic near classrooms will make it easier for students, faculty and staff to live healthier lives. Thanks to Fort Valley State University for its partnership in improving the health of our community.”

At the Atrium Health Navicent Campus Health Clinic in the Florence J. Hunt Wellness Center, students will have access toan in-person primary care provider or they can choose to use telehealth options. For those who already have a primary care provider, urgent care services are available.

The clinic will be open Monday through Friday and will provide basic services such as wellness exams and physicals and willprovide drug screenings, vaccinations and treatment for common illnesses such as the flu, strep throat and COVID-19. Female students will be able to book their annual gynecological exams as well as pap tests. For students with chronic health conditions, providers at the clinic will provide ongoing care management, monitoring and on-site laboratory services.

“Atrium Health Navicent’s patient-centered student health care model aligns with our focus of supporting the whole studentas they matriculate through FVSU,” said Fort Valley State University President Paul Jones, Ph.D. “We are excited about the opportunity to strengthen our commitment with a nationally ranked and well-known partner like Atrium Health Navicent. Their vast expertise and network allow the FVSU community to benefit from resources and opportunities in many ways.” Atrium Health Navicent is part of Advocate Health, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and operates oncampus health care for five other colleges and universities. This includes another HBCU, Johnson C. Smith University, in North Carolina.

On-campus health services provided by Atrium Health Navicent are also debuting at Central Georgia Technical College this fall. The partnership between the health system and Central Georgia Technical College is the first of its kind in the state.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of health care in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and well-being through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent is part of Advocate Health, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the third-largest nonprofit health system in the United States, created from the combination of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system inthe Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit www.NavicentHealth.org.

About Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley State University is a talent incubator for students who believe in their brilliance. Located in the heart of Georgia, FVSU combines the personal attention and family feel of a small, private college with the resources and research found at large public universities. Located on the second-largest acreage of any Georgia university, it is the only university in the world which at once is a University System of Georgia institution, a historically black university, and an 1890 land-grant institution, with a directive to use knowledge to improve the lives of students and non-students alike. Historically referred to as “the light in the valley,” FVSU’s legacy is built upon the belief that every human being is entitled to limitless learning and the benefits of knowledge. Leveraging the reputation for excellence FVSU has built since 1895, the university is preparing students to embrace their genius as future global leaders and enabling discovery which will make real that which is only now imagined. That’s why our motto and tagline is “Empower the Possible.” Visit FVSU.edu.