207 Beech St.
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED
Monday and Thursday: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12-1:30 p.m.
Friday: 12:30-2 p.m.
Important Phone Numbers
BW Safety & Security: (440) 826-2000 (emergency); (440) 826-2336 (nonemergency)
Southwest General Emergency Room at 18697 Bagley Rd.: (440) 816-8888
Southwest General Operator: (440) 816-8000
Southwest General Nurse On-Call: (440) 816-5050 (Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Cleveland Clinic Nurse On-Call: (216) 444-1234 or 800-801-2273 (24 hours a day)
All students enrolled in at least one class are eligible for services. Insurance is NOT necessary.
Service is first come, first served. For after-hour emergencies, call 911 or go to Southwest General Health Center at 18697 Bagley Rd.
Clinic care includes evaluation and treatment of illnesses and injuries; treatment for acne, warts and burns; removal of sutures; certain lab tests; referrals when indicated; and loan of medical equipment such as crutches, heating pads and vaporizers. Also available are pregnancy testing and counseling, immunizations, allergy injections and health/wellness literature.
A nurse practitioner provides the following additional services by appointment:
- Gynecological and contraceptive services
- Evaluation and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases
There is a charge for items such as medications, lab work, injections, physicals, gynecological exams, some tests and equipment that is not returned. Charges can be added to your tuition bill or paid with cash, check or Jacket Express. THERE IS NO CHARGE TO SEE A NURSE OR PHYSICIAN.
Health Services provides comprehensive health care to students. To facilitate provision of care, it is helpful to have background medical history information and immunization records on new students. It is strongly recommended that students complete the Health History/Immunizations form. Please complete the form and send it to Health Services. Any information provided on the form is STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL and is not given to anyone without permission from the student.
It is highly recommended that all students be vaccinated against hepatitis B and meningitis.
Hepatitis B Vaccination
Hepatitis B is a potentially fatal infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus. Every year up to 200,000 people in the U.S. are infected with hepatitis B and there are about 5,000 hepatitis B-related deaths. The virus is passed either directly from an individual infected with hepatitis B by contact with his or her bodily fluids or indirectly by contact with dried blood or bodily fluids on other surfaces. College students are among those at a high risk for hepatitis B infection and the American College Health Association (ACHA) recommends that all college students be vaccinated.
Engerix B is a noninfectious viral vaccine given in three doses over a six-month period. Minor side effects such as soreness at the injection site, fever or headache are possible. Completion of the three-injection series should provide life-time protection. The vaccine is offered through the Health Center and the cost can be added to your tuition bill or paid with cash, check or Jacket Express.
Meningococcal disease or meningitis is a rare but potentially fatal bacterial infection of the brain and spinal cord. About 2,600 people get meningococcal disease each year in the U.S. and 10 to 20 percent die in spite of treatment with antibiotics. College freshman, particularly those who live in dormitories, have a slightly increased risk of getting meningococcal disease. It is estimated that 125 to 175 cases of meningococcal disease occur annually on college campuses and 15 to 20 students die each year as a result. Pre-exposure vaccination reduces a student's risk of the disease.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) recommend that parents and students be educated about meningococcal disease and the benefits of vaccination. They also recommend that colleges and universities provide easy access to immunization for students who wish to reduce their risk of contracting this potentially life-threatening disease.
MENACTRA, a safe and effective vaccine, can help students substantially reduce their risk for this traumatic disease. The vaccine is 85 to 90 percent effective against the forms of meningitis that usually account for cases in college-age students. There may be minor side effects from the vaccine, mainly mild pain and redness at the injection site.
Even though there has not been a documented case of meningococcal disease at Baldwin Wallace University in the last 20 years, it is important for parents and students to understand what meningococcal disease is and the benefits of vaccination. The vaccine is offered through the Health Center and the cost can be added to your tuition bill or paid with cash, check or Jacket Express.
Lauren Bara, C.N.P., Director
Lauren Bara is a graduate of Oberlin College and Lorain County Community College. She trained as an OB-GYN nurse practitioner through Planned Parenthood/University of Wisconsin. She is certified as a college health nurse and certified by the State of Ohio as an advanced practice nurse/nurse practitioner. Her area of expertise is sexual health. She sees patients at the Health Center for gynecological exams, birth control, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, pregnancy testing and HIV testing in addition to seeing patients for illness and injury. She enjoys working with college students and strives to involve them in their own health care. She also gives talks on campus, in residence halls and in classrooms and feels health education is an important part of health care.
Gus Abdallah, M.D., Medical Director
Dr. Abdallah earned his undergraduate degree at Baldwin Wallace University. In 1997, he graduated from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. His residency training was at University Hospital in 2000. Dr. Abadallah is a chairman of Family Medicine and board certified. He is also a member of Southwest Family Physicians.
Anne Zwick, R.N., B.S.N.
Anne Zwick is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. She has a vast amount of experience in hospitals and urgent care centers. She also has taught in nursing programs, including the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at BW. She loves educating on all issues of health and particularly loves working with college-aged students as they enter into adulthood. Look for her Health Center “BeeBytes,” informative tips to keep you healthy.
Lisa Weber, R.N.
Lisa Weber received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. She grew up locally, but enjoyed the challenge of going away to school.
Julie Dailey, R.N., B.A., Office Manager
Julie Dailey has worked as a nurse at BW since 2004. She is a graduate of both BW with a bachelor's degree in psychology and Fairview General Hospital School of Nursing. In addition to working at BW, she also works at Fairview Hospital as a pediatric nurse.
Richard McBurney, M.D.
Dr. McBurney completed his undergraduate studies at Denison University and is a graduate of Case Western Reserve Medical School. He has been with BW's Health Center since 1980 and is a member of Southwest Family Physicians. He is board certified in Family Medicine.
Linda Florian, R.N.