Press Release for Monday, March 31, 2008

UNF Student Medical Services Gets New Home and New Name

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Student Medical Services gets a makeover—a new name, new digs and a new administrative structure. Student Medical Services and the Office of Medical Compliance, separate units since a reorganization in 2002, have once again been combined into a department now called Student Health Services.

“We are preparing to respond to UNF’s current and future campus health care needs, which has called for enhancements to not only campus clinical space but also to the administrative structure,” said Student Affairs Associate Vice President Everett J. Malcolm, III.

Not only does Student Health Services have a new name but it also will have a new home later this summer. Student Health Services anticipates moving in August into a new and enlarged student medical clinic, which will be located inside UNF’s new Brooks College of Health Building addition.

Student Medical Services will occupy the second floor, relocating from the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Student Life Center. The student medical clinic will be a state-of-the-art facility with 10 exam rooms, doctor offices and an X-ray/radiation laboratory.

In addition to a new name and facility, there will also be changes in the administrative structure. Dr. Fred Beck, physician and current director of Student Health Services, will serve as chief of medicine, allowing him to focus on student patients and on the medical side of the operation.

“It has become increasingly obvious that as our volume in student patients continues to increase, I need to focus my energies and expertise on supervision over the various medical professionals serving the unit, providing their in-service training and evaluations as well as directly serving as physician to the university community,” said Beck.

Doreen Perez, currently medical compliance director, will carry administrative decision-making responsibility as director for medical health administration. She will be taking on new responsibility for budget planning and oversight, facilities, program analysis, purchasing approval, medical records management, accreditation, Healthy Campus 2010, and representing UNF’s Health Center on University, system- and state-wide committees.

“We are proud of the superior quality of care we provide,” Perez said. “I believe this reorganization gives each of us the ability to concentrate on what we do best.”