Newly Remodeled Health Center Provides Saddleback College Students Affordable Physical and Mental Health Services

The newly redesigned, calm, and private waiting area in the Student Health Center

The newly remodeled Saddleback College Student Health Center provides free and low-cost physical and mental health services to an average of 40-100 students per day, including access to six physicians, five registered nurses, two licensed clinical psychologists, and eight counselors. For a fee of $18 per semester, the Student Health Center provides preventive care, prescription and over-the-counter medication, blood work, counseling appointments, eye exams, and education about health-related issues.

The updated center features two exam rooms, a trauma room that can accommodate a paramedic gurney, and several counseling rooms, with a secure electronic medical record system that increases privacy and decreases paperwork. Beginning on Monday, August 20th, the Student Health Center (SSC 177) hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (closed from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. every day). For more information, including a complete list of services, visit http://www.saddleback.edu/shc/ or call (949) 582-4606.

“Saddleback College strives to provide the best for our students, both inside and outside the classroom,” stated Dr. Tod Burnett, president of Saddleback College. “The staff in the Student Health Center does a fantastic job to ensure that our students are healthy enough to succeed, and this remodel provides our staff with the tools they need to do their job effectively and efficiently. I want to thank Jeanne Harris-Caldwell and her staff for all the hard work they put into this amazing update and renovation that will better serve our students and employees.”

Jeanne Harris-Caldwell shows off the trauma room that can accommodate a gurney

“Students cannot be successful unless they proactively maintain their physical and mental health,” stated Jeanne Harris-Caldwell, RN, director of the Student Health Center. “We are committed to providing high-quality care for our students regardless of age, health status, or whether or not they have health insurance.”

White House Jobs Council Visits Saddleback College

Photo courtesy of Michael O'Meara

On the morning of Monday, March 5th, Saddleback College hosted the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which facilitated a discussion with local and national healthcare stakeholders to discuss workforce training needs within the healthcare sector. The U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, chose Saddleback College as the venue for this panel discussion and listening session because the college is launching a new health career boot camp, an innovative basic skills development pilot program for students entering allied health educational programs.

Saddleback College was very lucky to host our distinguished guests and I am confident that these discussions will help shape the future of healthcare education. I am extremely proud of the hard work that our administrators, faculty, and staff have put into ensuring that our students are prepared to meet the growing workforce needs of the healthcare industry, and I look forward to watching this program thrive as it helps our students acquire the skills they need for career success.

The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness has partnered with California Community Colleges to develop national models for accelerated training and placement of health care workers into available jobs. The event highlighted the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Health Workforce Initiative and California as a national model for how cities and states across the country can address their healthcare workforce training needs.

The discussion at Saddleback College featured a panel of representatives from the White House, California Community Colleges, and healthcare industry partners, who all spoke about their areas of expertise and took questions from the audience.

The panel was introduced by Chancellor Gary Poertner and included: Don Graves, Executive Director, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness; Alicia Villarreal,  West Coast Regional Representative, U.S. Department of Labor; Linda Zorn, Statewide Director, Health Workforce Initiative, California Community Colleges; Tim Rainey,  Executive Director, California Workforce Investment Board; Maria-Jean Caterinicchio,  Director, Workforce Development and Professional Practice at Saddleback Memorial  Medical Center and MemorialCare Medical Centers – Orange County; Donna  Rane-Szostak, Dean of Health Sciences and Human Services, Saddleback College; Jim  Collins, Dean of Science and Allied Health, Sacramento City College; Courtney Sinclair,  Saddleback College Nursing Program Graduate.

Prior to the discussion, Donna Rane-Szostak led the panelists on a tour of Saddleback’s allied health program simulated labs, where they watched students in the paramedic and nursing programs simulate an emergency response situation. Dr. Rane-Szostak stated, “We are very excited about our pilot program and believe it has real potential to be a model in the state and throughout the nation. The program will be piloted at Saddleback College beginning this summer and will focus on health care sector-specific basic skills to enhance student success.”

To view the panel discussion online, visit http://socccd.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2. To view photos from the event, visit http://www.saddleback.edu/news/Presidents-Council-on-Jobs-and-Competitiveness/.