Health Services

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Health Services


To assist the students in the promotion of health and wellness in a holistic approach through education, awareness and prevention so that they may achieve success on a diverse college campus.  

Health Alerts

The Coronavirus and What You Need To Know – Officially Named COVID-19

COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It is believed to have spread from Wuhan, China and to other countries across the world, causing a worldwide pandemic. It is thought to have come from animals at a market,  but it continues to spread from person to person.   Tracking the coronavirus is challenging as people are very mobile.  Symptoms of CoVID are fever, chills, headache, muscle/body aches,  cough, shortness of breath, congestion, runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste and/or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.  An individual may have a few of the symptoms, and typically uncommon to have all of these symptoms.”    “These symptoms are believed to appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days. It is highly contagious, and some individuals can carry the virus, but can be asymptomatic, spreading the virus without knowing.  Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

To keep healthy, get  VACCINATED!    There are currently three types of vaccines to keep you from getting CoVID.  They all are effective, and safe!  Continue wearing face masks in public, practice six feet distancing,  use meticulous handwashing with soap and water.  If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  If you are sick, stay home; do not go to work or school.  Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any shortness of breath or chest pain.

Of note, the coronavirus pandemic has caused over a half million people to die in the United States.   This pandemic virus needs to be taken very seriously! As a student that attends the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College, you can be tested for CoVID FREE by either a rapid test or PCR which is sent to Holzer lab.  To meet criteria for testing, you must exhibit symptoms of CoVID for at least 3-5 days so that when you are tested, the viral upload is high which makes the test more reliable.

Flu Facts

Flu season typically starts in October and ends in or around April. With this year’s flu season at hand, are you familiar with key aspects of influenza, as well as new recommendations and best practices for prevention and treatment?

Flu spreads directly or indirectly from airborne droplets produced during sneezing or coughing. The flu viruses are highly contagious and can be very serious. It can cause severe illness in people of all ages, including children. Those individuals who have compromised immune systems as well as the elderly and the young are mostly at high risk for complications associated with the flu. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women and children younger than 5 years, but especially those younger than 2 years old. Those complications can be sinus or ear infections to pneumonia as a serious complication which can be life threatening and cause death. Myocarditis, encephalitis, organ failure, and sepsis are more serious complications associated with the flu. Most people who get the flu will recover in a few days to less than two weeks. Influenza viruses type A and B are typically responsible for the seasonal flu epidemics yearly.


The first line of defense in avoiding the flu is getting a yearly flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine before the flu becomes active in their community. The flu vaccine used in Health Services for students, faculty and staff is the quadrivalent vaccine which is designed to target four types of the influenza.

Keep your hands away from your face! Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs are spread that way. Cover your coughs and sneezes with the bend of your arm or a tissue to cover your nose/mouth. If you use a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands with hand sanitizer or soap and water.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects regularly that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, such as wiping down doorknobs, light switches, shopping carts, remote controls, computers, desks, and cell phones are some examples of germ-infested items that can cause you to get sick. 

Avoid close contact with sick people, and if you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. 

If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home!  You should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medication.

Is It a cold or the flu?

It can be tough to tell the difference between a cold and the flu. Use this chart to help check your symptoms. If you even think it’s the flu, seek medical attention in the first 48 hours of flu symptoms to prescribe an anti-viral to shorten the length of the virus.

Fever/chillsRareUsually high 100-102
General aches/painsSlightUsual – often severe
Fatigue/weaknessSometimes Usual – up to 2-3wks
Extreme ExhaustionNeverUsual – at the beginning
Stuffy noseCommonSometimes
Sore throatCommonSometimes
Chest discomfort/coughMild-moderateCommon, can be severe

It should be noted that some may have nausea/vomiting/diarrhea; however, this is more common in children than adults.
If you have any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention within the first 24-48 hours of illness. It is important that you seek medical attention to get prescription for anti-viral.


If seen within 24-48 hours of onset of symptoms, an antiviral drug, such Tamiflu or Xofluza. These medications are only prescribed within the first 48 hours after onset of symptoms. These drugs can be used to treat the flu; they are different than antibiotics. The antiviral drugs can make the flu milder and shorten the time you are sick. They can also prevent other serious flu complications.
Stay home! Do not come to classes until you are without fever for 24 hours without the use of anti-fever medication, such as Tylenol.
Make certain that you see the nurse and/or communicate to your professors/instructors via email for excused absences.

Events Calendar



Health Services is a nurse-directed basic first aid and minor short-term illness clinic where students can come when they are ill, injured, or need assistance in attaining or maintaining their health and well-being.  All services are free of charge, and include the following:

  • Minor first aid treatment
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Wound care
  • Suture/staple removal
  • Height/Weight/BMI measurements
  • Strep testing
  • Influenza testing
  • Glucose testing
  • Urine dips for UTIs and pregnancy
  • TB skin testing
Student Health Strategies

Student Health Checklist

Being a college student warrants a quick health check in order for you to remain healthy all school year. By following a few simple strategies, you can “rock on” in school, work and your social life.

Get involved in regular cardio exercise

for 30 minutes five times a week such as walking, swimming, running or any other activity that increases your heart rate.

De-stress by deep breathing and stretching exercises

two to three times a week. Spring for a DVD of yoga or get involved in a yoga class.

Get plenty of sleep!

This is very important in every aspect of your life!! As a college student, it is recommended that you log six to eight hours per night.

Take five!

Take time out every half hour to stretch, walk around, or deep breathe if you are working at a computer.

Drink plenty of water.

Dehydration can make you more vulnerable to illness and infections, therefore, it is important that you down plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. And if water isn’t your thing, juice, tea, and other beverages will work as well.

Utilizing your BFFs.

Having the right friends and someone to talk to and count on is extremely important for your mental health. Seek out groups and activities that will attract new friends who will be supportive of you and vice versa

Eat your fruits and veggies.

A good rule of thumb is to make sure that half of your plate is filled with fruits and vegetables as these foods are bursting with nutrients that help keep infection and diseases at bay.

Fight the flu.

Get a flu shot to avoid being laid up this year for a week with fever and sickness. This vaccine is made available to each residential student and all Gallia County students in mid- October here at URG. Being a college student, you often are in close quarters with roomies and classmates, so make sure you get that flu shot!!

Back off the alcohol.

Alcohol has empty calories and is a risk factor for accidents, injuries and regrettable risky behaviors. Once you turn 21, try sticking to the recommended daily limit of no more than two beers or glasses of wine for men and one for women.

Kick the bad habits!

Rub snuff, smoke cigarettes or do other drugs? STOP!! All these can impose serious health threats so start kicking those bad habits today. Talk with your healthcare provider for assistance or check out your local health department

Medical Emergency
  • For any potentially life threatening situation, contact Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at 9-911.
  • If you have any questions or need to inform the nurse of a problem, contact, Health services extension 7389 or the secretary at 7350.
  • After Health Services hours or on weekends, resident students in need of immediate medical attention should contact their Student Life Coordinator or Resident Assistants.
  • CAMPUS POLICE may be reached at campus extension 7286.
  • For assistance or information for poisoning, contact Holzer Medical Center Emergency Room: 446-5201
  • Crisis Text Line, (a 24 hour service not affiliated with URG/RGCC) by texting 741-741 from your mobile phone
  • For assistance or information concerning suicide contact the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • You can also contact Hopewell Health Centers Crisisline at 1-800-252-5554 or call 911

A confidential medical history record must be on file at Health Services before a student can be treated. Each student is encouraged to submit a completed record before arriving on campus.

Nursing, Medical, Technology, International Students, Athletes and some other majors are required to have additional medical information.

Class absence due to illness must be documented by Health Services at the time of illness/injury. Absence from class longer than two days will not be covered by Health Services unless documented by a physician.

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 1713.55 states that beginning with the academic year that commences on or after July 1, 2005, an institution of higher education shall not permit a student to reside in on-campus housing unless the student (or parent if the student is younger than 18 years or age) discloses whether he/she has been vaccinated against hepatitis B and meningitis. We are also requesting information concerning the MMR (Measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine due to the recent outbreak of measles in the United States. By submission of the completed “vaccination status” form, you will being compliance of the requirements set forth.

Please note this law does not require vaccination of the student, nor does it require the institution to provide or pay for these vaccinations. It requires only disclosure of vaccine status of the student.

The Department of Health Services requires the following of all students:

  • A completed “Confidential Medical History” form.
  • A current Diphtheria/Tetanus or Tetanus booster (within last 10 years)
  • Two MMR’s (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) immunizations (for all students with date of birth in 1965 or later)
  • A current (within the last 3 months) PPD ( TB skin test) or chest X-Ray
  • A copy of the student’s immunization record
  • Hospitalization insurance information
  • History of allergies – – medication and/or food
  • In addition, Nursing Students, Medical Lab Technician Students, Intercollegiate Athletes, and International students must also provide:
    • (1) Physical Examination by a physician
    • (2) Documentation of Hepatitis-B series (Nursing & MLT)
  • Students with chronic/long term medical conditions and students who take prescribed medications on a regular basis should include this information on the Confidential Medical History form. If the student resides in campus housing, the Student Life Coordinator (SLC) should also be made aware of such conditions.

Residential Student


  • Must have immunization (shot) record(s)
  • URG Health Services Medical History Form Completed

University of Rio Grande requires the following immunizations for residential living:

  • DPT primary series and tetanus within the last 10 years
  • Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Meningitis Vaccine:  there are two types of meningococcal vaccines available in the United States: meningococcal conjugate vaccines (Menactra and Menveo) and Serogroup B meningococcal vaccines (Bexsero and Trumenba).  Both vaccines are required; the meningococcal conjugate vaccine or MenACWY and the serogroup B.  Both vaccines prevent bacterial meningitis.  There are no vaccines to protect against viral meningitis.
  • All international students must have a TB skin test within the past year or provide proof of BCG vaccine.

    Please refer to CDC website for information about these required immunizations.



    Dress for Success

    Dress for Success is ALL-NEW and can be found in the Student Engagement office.  As a student of the University of Rio Grande you have the opportunity to come through “Dress for Success” and pick an outfit that is best for a job interview for FREE.  Dress for Success also offers students the opportunity for them to come in and pick up hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc.  EVERYTHING IS FREE TO YOU AS A STUDENT.

    Only career wear is accepted through donations.  We have a variety of styles and sizes.  We accept donations during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.

    Field of Hope Community Campus Counseling Center

    11818 State Route 160
    Vinton, Ohio 45686
    Phone: 740-388-8454
    Fax: 740-388-8474

    Holzer Behavioral Health and Recovery Services


    Patients will receive Individual counseling, group counseling, random urine drug screens to assist with client accountability, Medicated Assisted Treatment, as well as treatment services provided by a certified nurse practitioner.

    Our staff consists of Debra Mullins NP-C; Trisha Gibson MA, LPC, LICDC; Cindy Besco BSW, CDCAII; and Jacob Ashcraft LPN


    University of Rio Grande

    Helping Hands Food Pantry


    The Helping Hands Food Pantry gives underprivileged students and community members the opportunity to obtain food when going through tough times. With such a large percentage of Southeastern Ohio residents in poverty, it is imperative for our University to take part in battling hunger in the community.  In the modern world, it is important for everyone to get involved when battling the growing weight of poverty; therefore, the action of the community is necessary when an organization decides to take strides to make a change.

    Campus Involvement

    The pantry is sustained by donations from campus and local organizations through food drives and cash donations. We will be working with campus and students to have two campus food drives; one in the Fall and one in the Spring. 

    Food Pantry Location

    The food pantry is located in the Rhodes Student Center main floor across from the Student Affairs Office.  At this time just ask for it to be opened by the Administrative Assistant in the office.

    Local Food Banks in the Area

    Vinton Baptist Church

    11818 State Rt. 160
    Vinton, Ohio 45686
    Monday  4:30-6:30 p.m.
    Note: You may visit Once each month bringing ID’s for all household members over 18, birth certificates for all household members under 18 and proof of address.

    First Church of Nazarene

    1110 First Avenue
    Gallipolis, Ohio 45631
    Note: may visit one each month.  Must provide names and dates of birth for all household members.  Enter through rear door of church.

    Gallia County Outreach Center

    275 State Street
    Gallipolis, Ohio 45631
    Tuesdays and Thursdays (Except 1st week of Month)
    Note: May visit every other month.  Must bring picture ID, proof of income, and a utility bill or other proof of address.  May provide other household necessities.

    Silver Run Baptist Church

    26601 Story Run Road
    Cheshire, Ohio
    Note: Must bring picture ID.  Additional food giveaways and other community services and resources are published on the Silver Run Food Pantry’s Facebook page as they become available.

    Grace United Methodist Church

    600 Second Avenue
    Gallipolis, Ohio 45631
    Monday and Tuesday (Except 3rd Tuesday when the Lutheran Services food truck comes  from 12 PM to 2 PM.  )
    Note:  May visit once each month.  Must bring ID’s for all household members over 18, birth certificates for all household members under 18 and proof of address.


    this is who we are


    this is where we are

    Health Services is located in Room 117 of the James A. Rhodes Student Center on the University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College campus.

    Business hours: 8-5 Monday – Friday (Closed on holidays) 

    James A. Rhodes Student Center

    James A. Rhodes Student Center




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