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About Us

Welcome to the Student Health Center, where our focus is student healthcare. All of us at the SHC look forward to providing the same high-quality care for our students that they get at home. Walk-ins are encouraged for any non-emergent visits. However, we prefer that you make an appointment for the following issues: annual physicals, GYN examinations, prescription medication maintenance, chronic or on-going conditions, nutrition counseling, psychiatric services and allergy injections.

Mission

Our mission is to support the academic development of our students by providing efficient access to quality healthcare services in a caring manner and promoting student health and wellness in order to satisfy the changing needs of the University of Alabama student community.

Vision

Our vision is to be the healthcare provider of choice for students at the University of Alabama and a recognized leader in the filed of college health. In fulfilling this vision, we will:

  • Promote our students’ health and wellness
  • Improve our Alabama Quality Aware level ranking
  • Increase our scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals

Values

Our values are to be:

  • Student friendly, student focused, student first
  • Committed to quality
  • Empowered to promote positive change
  • Devoted to integrity
  • Respectful of our responsibilities

History

The first known history of student health services at The University of Alabama was from 1887 to 1908 when the student infirmary was located in the Gorgas House. During the 1920’s, President George H. Denny donated a lot on campus to the city of Tuscaloosa to build Druid City Hospital then located near Russell Hall. The hospital was taken over by the university at the beginning of World War II and served as a student infirmary with 45 beds until 1968.

In 1968, during the Frank A. Rose presidency, Russell Hall was designed to be the Student Health Center on campus. Named for the University trustee Thomas D. Russell and his wife Julia W. Russell, Russell Hall had fifty-two beds and had a staff of sixty-five, including ten physicians, seventeen nurses, two pharmacists and two dieticians.

Russell Hall served as the Student Health Center until 2006 when the architectural firm of Sherlock, Smith &amp; Adams built the current Student Health Center location and adjoining University Medical Center on 5<sup>th</sup> Avenue East. The Student Health Center now has twenty-four examination rooms, three treatment rooms, two observation rooms, two nurses’ stations and about sixty-five fulltime staff members.

Sources:

The University of Alabama: A Pictorial History by Suzanne Rau Wolfe, University of Alabama Press, 1983

History of the University of Alabama, volume II, 1902-1952 by James Benson Sellers, revised and edited by W. Stanley Hoole, unpublished manuscript in The William Stanley Hoole Papers, The W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library (Ready Reference Section)

The University of Alabama: A Guide to the Campus and Its Architecture, by Robert Mellown, 2013