By Michael Nueva / Staff Writer

The Student Health Centers are a service to treat students for medical conditions, and encourage them to make good choices about their health, medicine and nutritious lifestyles.

Marianne Palacios, family nurse practitioner of the Services at LBCC, said students who are enrolled and paid their health fees can visit the center. “Students should pay for their student health fees in order to have full access to the Student Health Services for acute care, health education, information about their health and for psychological services.”

The service is available to students the first day of the semester once health fees are paid, students can obtain tuberculosis skin testing, some blood work and other exams for acute illness.

Palacios added, “However if they need a physical exam, a referral for lab work, referrals for chest X-rays or prescriptions, they will need to pay extra wherever they receive the services.”

Anita Gibbins, the director of the Student Health Services and Student Life, said the health fee also provides students with personal counseling.

“Personal counseling can help students with stress and other personal problems that we know can interfere with college success. Physical and psychological health are linked, so many times a student will receive services for medically related issues and see one of our personal counselors to learn ways to cope with the stress of the medical issue or school,” Gibbins said.

She added, “Some of the issues we help with in addition to stress are anxiety, depression, anger, drug or alcohol recovery and interpersonal relationship problems with other students.”

LBCC student Ronisha Pinkney, 19, a kinesiology major, said, “I think it is very helpful to have a health center on campus that provides you with a program just like when you get sick at school and it is convenient.”

Pinkney also said students who do not have time to go to the doctor, can visit the center. She recommends the center for students particularly to those whose schedule is crammed.

Tien Dang, 23, a finance major, said she has been at the student health center twice and when she had the flu, and the stuff gave her medicine. Dang would recommend the services to students because student is likely to eventually get sick.

She said, “People at the student health center are friendly and they will help you as much as possible. I would rate their service 90 percent and the 10 percent is because I don’t know enough about them.”

To access personal counseling, students may call (562) 938-3987 or visit departments.lbcc.edu/deptinfo.cfm?deptabbr=STHS to see a registered nurse during Summer.

 The schedule at LAC on Monday and Wednesday is from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in building A1010, as well as, PCC in trailer TO on Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p. m. The hours in the Fall semester are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

LAC is closed during lunch from noon to 2 p.m. and PCC, office hours are Monday though Friday from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. However, the center is closed during lunch from noon to 2 p.m and  on Friday, it closes at noon.