Hours of Operation
During Academic time periods:
The Health Center is open from 8 am to 11 pm Monday thru Friday and 10am to 6pm on Saturday/Sunday. Clinicians see patients from 9am to 6pm Monday thru Friday. RNs are available from open to close each day of the week.
Hours over College Breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter Semester break, Spring Break):
There are no medical personnel in the Hammond Health Center over break. Administrative staff are available from 8am to 4pm to assist with administrative questions and there is a clinician available via phone to assist with questions but there are no medical appointments or work-in hours over breaks.
Summer Hours from May 21 thru August 22, 2012
There is one clinician in per day with scheduled appointments between 9am and 3pm Monday thru Friday. RNs are available from 8am to 4pm Monday thru Friday. Please call the Health Center between the hours of 8am and 4pm to speak with Health Center staff for assistance. We do not have staff available on the weekends during the summer.
Students needing transportation assistance (after clinic is closed) can utilize the 24-hour taxi service for non-urgent transport to the Cayuga Medical Center or Convenient Care Center, with the ability to charge the fare directly to their bursar account. Please phone (607) 277-7777 OR (607) 277-CABS (277-2227) OR (607) 277-TAXI (277-8294) if you desire this service. You will need your IC identification with you, cost for transportationfrom taxi will be charged to students IC Bursar accounts.
Transportation during clinic hours, we do have available a Medicar service that can transport students to and from medical and dental appointments off campus. Call 607-274-3177 for more information during clinic hours.
Intercom article from April 2008
When the fall semester begins this year (2008), the Hammond Health Center will be open 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This change in schedule will allow us to enhance certain services for students and to meet their needs even more effectively.
Two recent trends have strongly influenced our decision to shift our focus to daytime care: decreased after-hours utilization and increasing difficulty finding and retaining qualified night staff. Each year fewer students seek, or need, overnight care in a facility such as ours, so that we have questioned whether continuing to provide such care is the best use of our students' tuition dollars. At the same time, Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca, our area hospital, has invested in a broad expansion of its emergency services, designed and built a truly state-of-the-art emergency room, and developed a hospitalist program that, taken as a whole, provide excellent care for students in emergencies and in need of hospitalization.
During the 90+ hours we are open each week, we will be offering our usual broad range of primary care services, including sports medicine, women's health, urgent and non-urgent care of acute and chronic illnesses, immunizations, allergy shots, and prescriptions. In addition, we will be implementing:
- Expanded weekday physician and physician-assistant availability for appointments and urgent visits, from the current 9:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. hours to 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
- Physician appointments on both Saturdays and Sundays
- Enhanced daytime RN staffing to reduce wait times and improve clinic flow
- 24-hour taxi service for students needing or desiring non-urgent transport to the Cayuga Medical Center emergency room or Convenient Care Center, with the ability to charge the fare directly to their bursar account, thereby eliminating the need to have cash on hand. Health Center staff physicians and physician assistants will be on call after hours, as they are now, to communicate with the ER and with families in emergencies, and to promote continuity of care. Our MediCar service -- which provides free transportation to the hospital and Ithaca medical offices by appointment during regular weekday office hours -- will continue.
We are excited about the opportunities that these changes will create to further improve patient care, and are proud to continue providing services on a schedule that exceeds those of all other college and university health centers in the region by at least 48 percent.