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New UNG-Gainesville health clinic to serve students in former Lanier Tech space
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A new Student Health Services will open in spring 2020 on the north side of University of North Georgia's Gainesville Campus. The center will feature a walk-in clinic, a pharmacy with the most common and over-the-counter medications. Flu shots will also be available. (Peggy Cozart/University of North Georgia)

The University of North Georgia plans to open a new health clinic for students on its Gainesville campus in spring 2020, expanding services to match what is provided on the Dahlonega campus.  

"We have students who live in Gainesville but take classes in Dahlonega and vice versa," Dr. Alyson Paul, dean of students on the Gainesville Campus, said in a press release. "Now those students can go to the clinic that is most convenient for them."

The walk-in clinic on the Gainesville campus will include a pharmacy, with flu shots, allergy medications and free antibiotics available with no additional out-of-pocket expenses.

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved the plan for a Student Health Services facility in April, and UNG officials are pushing forward now with a more “comprehensive” and “holistic” health approach to its student body.

"We have psychological and emotional help services through student counseling," Dr. Richard Oates, vice president of the Gainesville Campus, said. "Having Student Health Services on site is a logical addition to support the healthy lifestyles of our students."

The center will be funded through a mandatory $65 student fee.

“When our students feel better, they perform better and are more engaged,” Oates said.

The Student Health Services clinic will be located on the north side of the Gainesville Campus, in a renovated building where Lanier Technical College had operated before relocating to its new campus off Ga. 365 in North Hall this past January.

According to UNG officials, there will be no limit to the number of visits students can make to the clinic, and no appointments are necessary.

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