Loyola University Medical Center Student Health Services (SHS)
Mandatory Student Health Fee
Students are required to pay a mandatory student health fee. With this fee, access to healthcare is provided by the professionals and staff of the Loyola Employee and Student Health Services located at the south end of the medical center campus in the Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), 2160 S. 1st Ave, third floor. The direct phone number is 708-216-3156.
Student Health Services Medical Clinicians and Staff
Anita Varkey, MD – Medical Director Employee and Student Health
Anita Calistro, RN, MSN - Employee and Student Health Clinic Practice Manager
Lorraine Fearon APRN - Employee and Student Health
All appointments require prior registration by calling 1-888-LUHS-888 (or ext 6-8563)
General Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. each day
Immediate Care Service
Students who require Emergent medical services after Student Health hours or on the weekend can be seen at:
Loyola Center for Health at River Forest Immediate Care: 7617 W. North Ave 708-771-1300
Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge Immediate Care: 6800 N Frontage Rd 708-327-1064
Weekdays open until 8 p.m.; Weekends and Holidays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Closed Christmas Day).
Primary Care and Specialist Visits
Students need to secure a primary care physician and use their personal health insurance for their on-going medical treatments, including prescription refills, follow-up for illness and injury care, and medical management of health conditions
Appointments for primary care and specialist visits can be made by calling 1-888-LUHS-888
Student Health Services Provided
Services provided under the Student Health fee include:
- Illness, injury, needle sticks, chemical/biological/other exposures
- Release from, or return to, school clearances
- TB surveillance testing
- Mandatory fit-testing
- Mandatory Influenza Immunization
- Completion of forms for away rotations
- Well Woman Check
- Rapid Strep testing
The Student Health fee does not covers the costs of vaccinations (measles, mumps, rubella, Tdap, varicella, hepatitis B), urine drug screenings, lab work including blood titers, x-rays and any other diagnostic tests, and specialist referrals.
Note that immunizations may be more economically obtained through the student’s primary care provider under their personal health coverage, depending on the student’s plan.
Services Not Covered by the Mandatory Fee:
- Emergency Department visits or hospital admission at any other care facility including LUHS
- Medical evaluation and treatment at any other care facility including LUHS
Students who require emergency services should go to the Loyola University Health System Emergency Department or the Closest ER in an emergency. (Note: This is not covered under student health).
Student Health Records
Loyola student health records are maintained within the electronic medical record system (EPIC). All student health records are maintained in accordance with HIPAA.
Students should use CastleBranch to keep a file of their immunizations, titers, TB screenings, and other health records as appropriate. (This applies to the Class of 2018 on beyond).
Loyola’s NEW student health insurance provider is United Healthcare Student Resources. Students may visit the plan website at www.uhcsr.com/luc to view a full plan description, plan benefits, exclusions, limitations, and terms of coverage
Loyola University Chicago’s Board of Trustees requires that all undergraduate students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours, all graduate and professional students enrolled for eight or more credit hours or students registered for Thesis or Dissertation Supervision at the start of the Fall and Spring terms have health care insurance.
All students meeting the above eligibility requirements will automatically be billed for the Student Health Insurance by the University on their student account and enrolled in the plan, if a waiver is not submitted before the deadline date.
In the event that a student does not meet the eligibility requirements to be automatically billed by the University for Loyola’s Student Health Insurance, but would still like to purchase coverage, he or she can do so by visiting United Healthcare Student Resources website at www.uhcsr.com/luc.
How to Waive Out of Loyola's Student Health Insurance:
If you have your own insurance already or are covered under your parent’s plan, you may waive out of Loyola’s Student Health Insurance by providing proof of other coverage.
- Log into LOCUS and select “Campus Finances”, then “Student Health Insurance”
- Select the “Waive out” button and submit your insurance information
- The insurance fee will be credited to your student account within 48 hours
Fall Waiver DEADLINE – OCTOBER 1, 2016
Spring Waiver DEADLINE – FEBRUARY 28, 2017
How to Fast-Track into Loyola's Student Health Insurance:
If you want to enroll in Loyola’s Health Insurance and already have the insurance charge on your student account, it is highly recommended that you take the following action:
- Log into LOCUS and select “Campus Finances”
- Select “Student Health Insurance”
- Click on the “Fast Track” button and follow the prompts
Fast Tracking confirms that you have accepted Loyola’s student health insurance coverage, activates your enrollment into the plan, and allows an insurance card to be generated within seven to 10 business days. More information on Student Health Insurance can be found here.
Primary Care Physicians for Students
Students should secure a primary care physician and use their personal health insurance for their on-going medical treatment, including prescription refills, follow-up for illness and injury care, and medical management of health conditions.
Arrangements for primary care and specialist visits can be made through the Loyola Medicine website at http://loyolamedicine.org or by calling 888-LUHS-888 or with a recommendation by the SHS staff.
Specialists and Consultants
Students with ongoing needs for specialist or consultant evaluation and treatment are required to establish their treatment relationships with a primary care physician. Referrals to specialists and consultants do not require students to have a primary care physician if the student is on the university Student Insurance plan. Other insurance plans may require a referral by a primary care physician. Please review your own plan for details.
Appointments with specialists and consultants can be made through the Loyola Medicine website at http://loyolamedicine.org or by calling 888-LUHS-888. Please review your insurance plan for applicable need for referral requirements and co-pays. You can search for a Loyola physician by specialty or special interest at http://www.loyolamedicine.org/finder. Students may also request a recommendation of a specialist by the SHS staff.
Counseling is available to students through Perspectives. Information on available services can be found here.
Students preparing for foreign travel are directed to the Loyola Travel Medicine Clinic in the Loyola Outpatient Center (third floor) and in the Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge. Appointments can be made through http://www.loyolamedicine.org or by calling 888-LUHS-888. This service requires cash payment at time of visit. Understanding which immunizations are required can be found through http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/vaccinations.htm
Students requiring regular treatment of allergy conditions with desensitization injections are directed to the Loyola Allergy Medicine clinic in the Loyola Outpatient Center or at the Center for Health at Burr Ridge. Appointments can be made throughhttp://www.loyolamedicine.org or by calling 888-LUHS-888. This will be billed to your personal health Insurance.
Student Health Policy Compliance
Student health records are reviewed periodically by Student Health Services for compliance with Loyola University Chicago policies. If a student is not in compliance with these policies, school registration or advancement may be delayed.