Health ServicesRush Medical Group offers direct, basic health care for UWA undergraduate students, faculty and staff. The University of West Alabama Student Health Service program is operated through an agreement with Rush Medical Group and Dr. Todd Vaughan. Students may go to the clinic on a “walk-in” basis or may make an appointment by calling (205) 652-9575. Office visits are covered by currently-enrolled UWA students’ medical fee; other expenses incurred, such as lab work, x-rays, or other testing, will be billed to the individual or to his or her insurance. As the University physician, Dr. Vaughan sees students regarding routine matters. Neither the University physician nor any other University employee will issue medical excuses for missed classes. In the case of illness, each professor will determine whether to grant an excused absence to a student. Students with musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries may use the services provided by the UWA Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Center in Homer Field House. See this section under Facilities and Services in the General Information portion of the Catalogue. After normal office hours, and in case of emergencies, students needing medical attention should go to Rush Hospital in Meridian, Miss., MedCenter in Demopolis, or Bryan Whitfield Hospital in Demopolis. The University will not be able to provide transportation to the hospital, but will arrange for ambulance service, if requested. The student will be responsible for the expense for all hospital services and ambulance transportation, if applicable. On-campus residents should contact a resident assistant or their hall director if there is a medical emergency. The Housing staff member will contact University Police and the University Police officer will determine whether an ambulance should be called. A student who has family health insurance coverage should be prepared to provide documentation of such coverage in the event he/she requires medical attention other than that provided by the University. Information on insurance coverage for college students is available in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Webb Hall, Room 323. Rush Medical Group, LivingstonLocated on 1221 North Washington Street, accessible from Hwy 11Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PMFriday, 8:00 AM - Noon The Rush Medical Group provides confidential services to any UWA student, regardless of the type of insurance he/she holds. Health services are available to all undergraduate students enrolled for seven (7) or more hours and have paid the mandatory $55 student health fee. There is also a $5.00 co-pay for each visit. Expenses incurred for care beyond that provided by the University are the responsibility of the student. Information about student medical insurance is available in the Office of Student Affairs and in the UWA Student Handbook, The Tiger Paw. Photo IDTo reduce the risk of identity theft and to increase our efficiency to check you in, we require that you show photo ID when you check in for your appointment. The preferred ID is your UWA ID Card, but a driver’s license, passport or other photo ID are also acceptable.Questions regarding student health services at The University of West Alabama should be directed to Richard Hester, Vice President for Student Affairs.