Welcome to Westmont Health Center
The Health Center is committed to being on mission with Christ in our participation as health care providers in the movement of God's love towards people. We accomplish this by maintaining a staff with years of experience and training in the area of college health. As such, we are able to provide the excellent health care that is required for this unique population. By partnering with students in assuming responsibility for their own health care needs, we hope to equip these young adults with the skills needed to access health care throughout their lives.
Health Center Hours (Please note new hours on Tuesday and Wednesday)
MONDAY: 10am-12pm / 1pm-4pm
THURSDAY: 10am-12pm / 1pm-4pm
FRIDAY: 10am-12pm / 1pm/4pm
~The Health Center is located on lower campus, across from Van Kampen Hall
~No Appointment Necessary
Meet the Staff:
Dr. Hernandez, MD
Sandy Mezzio, PA
Sharon Willis, FNP-C
Heather Merrick, PA
Claire Cetti, Office Manager
Bella, Resident Therapy Dog( Meet Bella)
Many of you are aware that there is presently an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. Countries involved include Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and Nigeria. Thousands of individuals have been infected and thousands have died. Our prayers go out to people of those nations and to health care workers from around the world who are there selflessly doing their best to care for individuals infected with a virus with a 50-70% fatality rate. At present the Center Disease Control recommends that US citizens avoid all non-essential travel (warning level 3, the highest level) to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
It was inevitable given the large number of infected individuals in West Africa, that we would eventually have a case of Ebola in the United States. This did occur when a person from Liberia returned to the US on September 28th, was diagnosed with Ebola on September 30th and died October 6th. Since then two nurses caring for this individual have been diagnosed with Ebola.
In the extremely unlikely event that a member of the Westmont community become infected with the Ebola virus the Westmont Student Health Center, with the support and guidance from the Santa Barbara Public Health Department and the Center for Disease Control, is prepared to identify, isolate and arrange for transport of such an individual. Everything will be done to provide care for the infected individual while at the same time minimizing risk to other members of our community.
God Bless the people of West Africa, the health care workers there and here fighting for the lives of infected individuals, and the US government workers doing their best to bring this outbreak to an end.
For more information, visit the following CDC link below:
**IMPORTANT INSURANCE CLARIFICATION. PLEASE READ**
It has come to our attention there is some confusion regarding the cancellation of Westmont's student insurance policy. While this is true, this does NOT affect your ability to come to the Health Center to seek medical care. The student insurance policy was meant to supplement any insurance you brought from home in the event you were referred OFF campus for medical reasons. We do not require medical insurance to be seen here at the Health Center on campus.
Where to access care when the Health Center is closed:
In the event of a life threatening emergency:
For more information:
For non-life threatening emergencies, the following centers are available to you:
Urgent Care Center
51 Hitchcock Way
Hours: M-F 8a-7p
The Med Center
2954 State St
Hours: M-F 8a-8p
Sun & Holidays:
Cottage Hospital Emergency
Pueblo & Bath St