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Brenau’s Center for Health and Well-being offers a holistic approach toward health with a focus on physical, mental and emotional well-being. All enrolled students and employees have access to medical care through the center. The Brenau clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday-Friday. Same day treatment may be available, but please call 770-534-6135 to make an appointment. Brenau’s counselors provide free, confidential services to enrolled students, including group and individual sessions.

Location

The Brenau Center for Health and Well-being is located on the corner of Brenau Ave. and Boulevard at

205 Boulevard NE,
Gainesville, GA 30501

Hours

Clinic is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

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Contact Information

Health Services Office

healthservices@brenau.edu
Office: 770-534-6135

University Counselor Gay Baldwin

universitycounselor@brenau.edu
Office: 770-534-1612

Staff

Troy Heidesch
Troy Heidesch, DNP
Nurse Practitioner
Patrena Cody
Patrena Cody, PhD
Nurse Practitioners
Angela Wheat
Angela Wheat, MSN
Registered Nurse
candice paul-mathews
Candice Paul-Mathews, PhD
Registered Nurse

Health Advisories

Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that is similar to the smallpox virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) identified the eradication of smallpox in 1980 and subsequent cessation of smallpox vaccination as a contributor to the outbreak of monkeypox.  It was primarily limited to Africa until recently. 

While cases have been increasing in the U.S., WHO reported on Aug. 25, that the weekly number of new infections had decreased by 21% worldwide after more than a month of increases. On Aug. 4, the White House declared it a public health emergency to allow for the release of funds to manage and combat the outbreak. 

Monkeypox is spread through close contact with infected persons by direct contact with rash/blisters, prolonged close contact (4 hours) with infected persons, or contact with contaminated linens and clothes. 

Symptoms present within 1-3 weeks and usually start with fever, followed by a rash turning to blisters filled with pus that start on the hands, feet, and face before spreading to the rest of the body. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, and chills.

Healthcare professionals may recommend vaccination for at-risk individuals but the CDC does not currently recommend that everyone get vaccinated at this time. 

Should you develop symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider. For more information on monkeypox, visit the CDC’s Monkeypox Information Page

COVID-like symptoms

  • Complete the COVID Reporting Form
  • Follow CDC recommendations regarding your specific situation. Employees who need to miss work for illness, whether or not it is COVID-related, should take wellness time.

COVID Exposure or Testing Positive for COVID

  • Complete the COVID Reporting Form.
  • Use the CDC COVID Calculator on this page or on the CDC’s website to determine protocols for your specific situation. Employees who need to miss work for illness, whether or not it is COVID-related, should take wellness time.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I visit/tour campus?

Yes! We are excited to offer in-person appointments and campus visits.

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Will clinics on campus be open to community patients (Psychology, OT, PT)?

Yes, community patients will be allowed on campus.

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What counseling and mental health support services are available?

Counseling & Support Services

The Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS), with campus locations both in Gainesville and North Atlanta, provides a variety of services to Brenau students, staff, faculty and alums as well as individuals in the community.

Learn more about the BCCPS on their webpage.

Mental Health Resources

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Is COVID-19 Vaccination Required?

At this time vaccination is only required for students in clinicals programs in the Ivester College of Health Sciences. This requirement is due to many of Brenau University’s partners, including the Northeast Georgia Health System, establishing new vaccine requirements for students who participate in clinical experiences.

The vaccine requirement applies to all students in the programs listed below. Brenau students subject to this requirement must either be fully vaccinated or have received an approved exemption by the Sept. 5, 2022 deadline to continue in their academic program. Fully vaccinated means two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson, plus at least one booster dose.

Programs requiring vaccination:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Masters Certificate in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Doctorate
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Other health science programs that do not have clinical experiences are not subject to the requirement.

Brenau’s exemption process will be overseen by the Brenau Institutional Review Board (IRB) c/o the Graduate Dean for evaluation and decision. Failure to follow the specified procedures will lead to a denial or termination of the exemption. If you wish to seek exemption please fill out our vaccine waiver form.

Please contact Dr. Gale Starich at gstarich@brenau.edu with questions.

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What happens if I have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?

COVID-like symptoms
  • Complete the COVID Reporting Form
  • Follow CDC recommendations regarding your specific situation. Employees who need to miss work for illness, whether or not it is COVID-related, should take wellness time.
COVID Exposure or Testing Positive for COVID
  • Complete the COVID Reporting Form.
  • Use the CDC COVID Calculator above on this page or on the CDC’s website to determine protocols for your specific situation. Employees who need to miss work for illness, whether or not it is COVID-related, should take wellness time.

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What are the COVID-19 reporting requirements for students and employees?

Any COVID-like symptoms need to be reported to the COVID team. The COVID Reporting Form is found on the Brenau App or on our webpage. The Brenau Clinic will immediately be notified of your case and may provide additional instruction.

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How will Brenau test for COVID-19?

Brenau offers rapid antigen testing on campus and has contracted off-campus PCR testing. The type of test used will be determined by vaccination status, exposure risk and symptoms.

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