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Wilcox Health Center

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We provide comprehensive, cost-effective, and compassionate health care on campus. Our integrated approach empowers students to become active participants in their physical health and mental well-being. We offer medical and counseling services with in-person and telehealth options. All visits are confidential and health information is protected.

 

Hours and contact information

Our phone number is (989) 463-7181 and our fax number is (989) 463-7351. Call, e-mail wellness@alma.edu, walk-in or book your appointment online through the Inside Alma portal.

Our office is open 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the academic year. Our office is located on Alma College’s campus, north of the Hogan Center and east of Bahlke Field. View our location on the campus map.

Medical services

Medical services

Our trained staff includes a DNP-Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Registered Medical Assistant, who are pleased to help you attain and maintain health throughout your college years.

We offer a variety of services similar to those of a family physician or urgent care, including diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury; routine physical examinations; medical consultation and referrals; vaccines; allergy shots, STD testing and treatment and; diagnostic testing and lab draws.

We offer reproductive health services including: pregnancy tests, pap tests and pelvic exams, contraception options and education, breast health and exams, and evaluations and treatment of menstrual problems.

Vaccine services

Vaccine services

We require you to be up to date on all childhood immunizations, including tetanus. View more information on our vaccine requirements. Michigan students 18 years of age and older to access their immunization record through the Michigan Immunization Portal at the following link: mdhhsmiimmsportal.state.mi.us.

Wilcox Health Center can provide a number of vaccines that are necessary for travel, including those for typhoid, hepatitis A and B yellow fever and influenza.

Counseling and psychological services

Counseling and psychological services

Our professional, licensed counselors offer an objective, non-judgmental perspective to assist students in overcoming both long-standing and immediate concerns. Students at Alma College seek counseling for a variety of reasons. These include stress, anxiety, homesickness and adjustment concerns, perfectionism, depression, coping with loss, drug and alcohol concerns, suicidal thoughts, relationship and roommate issues, sexual and gender identity, trauma and family difficulties— but we’re here for whatever your needs are at the time.

In addition, walk-in emergency services are available daily for students who feel in urgent need of help or crisis intervention. Students may also arrange for medication management with our doctor of nursing practice (DNP) at Wilcox Health Center.

“Let’s Talk” appointments are a 15-minute meeting with a Mental Health Counselor. These meetings are a chance to talk with counselors without committing to traditional therapy.

All currently enrolled students are eligible for free and confidential therapy and consultation services.

Wellness Room

Wellness Room

The Wellness Room is a comfortable space that you can use with wellness resources to manage stress, rest and relax as you navigate the busy life as a student at Alma College. The Wellness Room has a tea/hot chocolate bar, light therapy, coloring station, wellness brochures/information and a massage chair.

RECESS and well-being programs

RECESS and well-being programs

Watch the campus calendar and join us for our RECESS and well-being campus programs encouraging students and staff to take a break, rest and have fun. Our programs include yoga, mindfulness, Stress-Less, Be a Kid Night and our most popular monthly visits from the Therapy Dogs and Dalis to the Rescue Kitty Fun Night.

Emergency care and after-hours care

Emergency care and after-hours care

If you are experiencing a health emergency, call 911 or the Suicide and Crisis Line at 988.

Alma College is located less than two miles from a hospital with an Emergency Room, MyMichigan Medical Center Alma, 300 East Warwick Drive, and an urgent care center, MyMichigan Urgent Care Alma, 321 East Warwick Drive in Alma.

Help Lines for assistance 24/7:

  • Alma College Administrator on Duty: (989) 560-5972
  • Alma College Security: (989) 463-7777
  • Gratiot Integrated Mental Health 24/7 (800) 622-5583
  • Listening Ear Crisis Line (989) 772-2918

Local pharmacies

Local pharmacies

Many pharmacies have locations in Alma; including Rite Aid, Meijer and Walmart. Transportation is available through our local Alma City Dial-a-Ride.

2024-25 COVID-19 health guidelines

2024-25 COVID-19 health guidelines

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Notify
Students and employees should email wellness@alma.edu or call the Wilcox Health Center (989-463-7181) and employees should also notify their supervisor. They will help you determine your timeline for returning to campus and connect you with resources to aid in your recovery.

Isolate
Stay home from class and work. Students and employees should isolate for at least five full days (returning on the morning of the sixth day). You may end isolation after five days when your symptoms improve, test negative, and are fever-free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication). Students should have an isolation plan in the event that they need to separate from roommates and most often choose to return home.

Mask
Wear your mask for days 6–10 of the isolation period or if you have access to antigen tests, you should consider using them. With two sequential negative tests after five days, 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10. Note: If your antigen test results are positive, you may still be infectious. You should continue wearing a mask and wait at least 48 hours before taking another test. Continue taking antigen tests at least 48 hours apart until you have two sequential negative results.

What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms?

Stay home
If you are experiencing any symptoms, stay home from classes and work and let your professors and/or supervisor know that you will not be in until you are feeling better.

Test
If symptoms persist for more than 24 hours or you suspect you might have COVID, consider taking an at home test or making an appointment at Wilcox Health Center (989-463-7181) Testing before 24 hours after symptom onset might be too early to detect COVID. Insurance is billed for testing in Health Services.

Notify
Students and employees should email wellness@alma.edu or call the Wilcox Health Center if they test positive for COVID.

Return
If you begin to feel better, did not test positive, and were not a close contact, feel free to return to class or work as you feel better or are cleared by a medical provider.

Mask
Consider masking when you are in an indoor public space on campus — especially classes — even if you test negative but are still experiencing cold-like symptoms.

What should I do if I have been in close contact with a positive case?

If you have symptoms, see “I am experiencing symptoms” (above). If you have no symptoms, you are free to remain on campus.

Mask (N95 or high-quality mask) when you are at home around other or in indoor public space on campus for 10 days after your last close contact.

Watch for symptoms, especially in the first 10 days after your exposure. If you develop symptoms in this period, see “symptoms” above.

Self-quarantine: You are not required to quarantine, but if you live in the same household as the person who tested positive, you should isolate from that person as much as possible. Wear a quality mask if you need to share a common space and try to use separate bathrooms, if possible.

Test: For five full days after your exposure, even if you do not have symptoms.

What should I do if I need a COVID- 19 test?

Free home tests are available at the Wilcox Health Center and Alma Public Library while supplies last. Local pharmacies (Meijer, Walgreen’s, and Rite Aid) also have home tests and COVID-19 testing available that can be billed to insurance or for purchase.

Wilcox Health Center and MyMichigan Urgent Care have COVID-19 testing available by appointment.