Kennesaw State University to outsource student health services to WellStar Medical Group
Submitted by tdemel on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 12:08pm
New contract established to improve health services for students; Dr. Megan Bowles named director
KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 7, 2014) — Kennesaw State University officials announced today they have contracted with the WellStar Medical Group to operate the university’s Student Health Services, effective immediately.
The transition of the clinics will be completely under WellStar’s management by the end of March 2014.
Student Health Services at Kennesaw State includes three health care facilities that provide KSU students with the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, mental health support, disease prevention and health promotion. The three facilities handle 20,000 patient visits each year.
Kennesaw State Vice President for Operations Randy Hinds said, “By partnering with a large and well-regarded health system, we instantly have access to expertise and resources that will help us to increase both quality and efficiency. This provides a wonderful opportunity to ensure that our students have access to the best health care.”
The transition will not affect existing appointments, and many of the current staff are expected to remain as part of the WellStar team. In addition, the locations and hours of the student health clinics will remain the same.
“WellStar is pleased to have been chosen by Kennesaw State University to deliver world-class care to their students,” said Ellen Langford, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the WellStar Medical Group. “We are excited about KSU’s future and WellStar’s ability to further KSU’s progress.” Langford is a Kennesaw State graduate, earning both her nursing degree and MBA from KSU.
Dr. Megan Bowles has been hired as the new clinic’s medical director. Bowles is board-certified in internal medicine and currently practices family medicine with the WellStar Medical Group. She received her medical degree from Georgetown University Medical Center and completed her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Bowles has previously served as a student health physician at the Vanderbilt University Student Health Center.
“I am excited to return to a practice I enjoy, and I look forward to contributing to the health of the KSU community,” said Bowles.
The WellStar Medical Group, part of the nonprofit WellStar Health System, includes more than 600 medical providers in more than 30 specialties in over 100 locations. KSU’s WellStar College of Health and Human Services was named in recognition of WellStar’s support to the University.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.