The Butte College Student Health Clinic has relocated to a new and larger facility on the Butte College main campus, 3536 Butte Campus Drive. The new clinic is located directly north of the new Arts Building in parking lot 3-C. The new location affords much easier access to emergency responders. The Student Health Clinic provides over 14,000 mostly uninsured Butte College students with free or low cost medical care and mental health services. The campus community will be celebrating the new clinic at an open house planned for Tuesday, February 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
The college plans to use the opportunity to honor five area physicians who work closely with the clinic staff. Glenn Medical Center neurologist Matt Merliss, Chico cardiologist Eugene Moffitt and North Valley Eye Care Ophthalmologists Val K. Shaw, J. Isaac Barthelow and Anthony Rudick will be honored by College President Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg for donating their time and expertise to the health and welfare of Butte College students. The new facility was necessitated by a dramatic increase in the number of Butte College students seeking medical care or mental health services. According to Butte College Medical Director Dr. Terrence Fraters, the Student Health Clinic has increased the number of patients seen annually from 2,000 in 2007 to over 6,300 in 2010. In addition to Dr. Fraters, the clinic is staffed by two Family Nurse Practitioners, a Marriage and Family Therapist, a medical assistant, an office manager, and clerical staff. Butte College is only one of a handful of community colleges to incorporate mental health services into their medical model. The increase in patients is partly due to the economy and the competence and teamwork of the medical staff. Students can see a healthcare provider or mental health therapist at no cost. Students also benefit by receiving medications, lab, x-ray and other diagnostic services either at cost or at a dramatic discount.