By Mirna Youssef
Since the fall 2014 semester, many of the school’s health services have been provided at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) campus on Northern Boulevard at the intersection of Valentines Lane, instead of on the LIU Post campus.
Those services include family medicine, breast health services, occupational therapy, and physical medicine and rehab. There is still a nurse who works in Pell Hall that can help students with basic issues, like taking temperatures, and who can advise them to go see a doctor at NYIT if necessary.
Students who wish to see a doctor or have tests, including blood tests, need to schedule an appointment at the NYIT Academic Health Care Center. According to NYIT’s website, the “Academic Health Care Center provides primary care services to the community at large,” which now includes Post students, since the campus no longer provides its own doctor.
There are several options for students who do not have cars on campus to get to NYIT. The off campus shuttle makes a stop at NYIT by the health center. The shuttle picks up students from the front of the chapel, which is the first stop, and then it makes drop offs and pickups at NYIT, Pathmark, and Moe’s. The shuttle runs Sunday to Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Copies of the shuttle schedule are available at the Hillwood concierge desk.
Kirsten Manno, a sophomore Math major, has used the health services at NYIT. “I am going to the NYIT physical therapy center for my foot; it is a little inconvenient to have to drive over there, but the center is really nice and the staff is really sweet,” Manno said.
“The transition [to the NYIT health office], although it did take [a] little getting used to by the community, has been a smooth one, and up to this point it has been working beautifully,” said Jean Anne Smith, LIU Post’s Associate Dean of Students.
The center at NYIT has family physicians, which “are able to give referrals to various specialists for further diagnostic work-up while still caring for the patient on a regular basis,” according to their website. “Most students come to see the family practitioners, but our staff is prepared to handle most non-emergency medical issues or complications that students may have,” said Dr. Brian Harper, the medical director of the Academic Health Center.
According to NYIT’s website, the health services offered on their campus include “departments of Family Practice, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, as well as physical, occupational, speech therapists and exercise physiologists.” Depending on a student’s insurance and their level of coverage, they may or may not have to pay for their visit. “We will bill the students insurance. If a student is without insurance, the cost of the first visit is $125 and any visit after that is
$75. This does not include any special testing,” such as lab work, said Dr. Harper.
Samantha Capofarri, a senior Early Child Education major, who has also used the NYIT health services, said, “I did like going over there for physical therapy, and all the doctors there were so nice, very professional, and really helped me a lot when I got hurt. You would be amazed at how much they can really do for you at NYIT.”
The center at NYIT also provides psychological services. “We have a psychologist on site Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the cost without insurance is $125 per visit,” said Dr. Harper. For psychological services, LIU Post has also partnered “with the North Shore LIJ Behavioral Health College Partnership program,” according to Associate Dean Smith.
For more information about the partnership with North Shore students can visit, https://www.northshorelij.com/find-care/services- we-offer/behavioral-health-college-partnership or call 888-321-3627 with any questions regarding these services.
The LIU Post Center for Healthy Living is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Pell Hall, rooms 154 and 155. “Students are encouraged to utilize the center for any of their health related needs. A registered nurse, social workers, and counselors are available, as always, to provide assistance,” said Adam Grohman, Associate Dean of Students. When students contact the Center for Healthy Living the staff can help them locate the services they need.
To schedule an appointment with available physician, or ask additional questions, students can call the Academic Health Care Center at NYIT, at 516-686-1300 or visit their website at, http://www.nyit.edu/ medicine/clinics/services_ahcc_OW.
In the event of an emergency that requires immediate medical attention, students should contact Public Safety at 516-299-2222.