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Who We Are and What We Do

Our Mission is Your Health

Welcome to PUSH!

At PUSH, our mission is to provide quality, compassionate, culturally competent and safe care to members of the Purdue student community.

Our staff of board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners provide student-oriented primary care as well as ongoing care for chronic conditions. Our single-minded focus of protecting your health and wellness allows you to focus on your educational and personal goals. Please visit Medical Services to see everything we have to offer. To learn more about our PUSH providers, please visit our provider biography page.


High Demand for Services at PUSH
September 12, 2019

PUSH is currently experiencing a high demand for services and we want to ensure that we continue to meet your needs to the best of our ability. Patients are seen at PUSH by appointment. You may walk in for care, but if the provider schedules are full, you will be offered a future appointment or a triage nurse visit. If your symptoms indicate you need to see a provider urgently, we may send you to PUSH Extended Care Area (ECA). Patients seen in ECA are seen based on the severity of their symptoms and the wait may be up to 120 minutes.

The following are some suggestions to help you get care in a timely manner:

  • Make an appointment: You can schedule online 24/7 by going into the Patient Portal or, if you prefer, you can call 765-494-1700 (M-F 8-5) to speak with one of our schedulers.
  • The earlier the better: Calling early in the day increases your ability to obtain a non-emergent appointment that is convenient and meets your needs.
  • Self-care: If you walk-in and we cannot accommodate your schedule, we will offer a Triage Nurse visit. A triage nurse will meet with you and offer some suggestions for self care because sometimes self care is all that is necessary. The triage nurse may determine that more than self care is required and they can assist you in obtaining further treatment.
  • To provide quality, comprehensive and safe care, students arriving after 4:30 pm without a scheduled appointment, and who do not need emergency care will be given appointments for a future date.

Attention Allergy Injection Patients
July 2, 2019

PUSH will no longer be accepting hand-delivered allergen serum. All allergen serum must be mailed/shipped from your allergist to the attention of the Allergy and Immunization Department at Purdue University Student Health Services. At the end of the year, we will ship your allergen serum back to your allergist. Shipping/handling charges will apply.



Medical Care for Students with an Eating Disorder
November 26, 2019

PUSH will provide routine weight monitoring and other medical needs for managing an eating disorder when the following are met:

  1. The student has an on-going relationship with a therapist (i.e., interacts with the therapist at least once per month and therapist is available in the event of an urgent need).
  2. The therapist has shared the student's treatment plan with the provider at the Student Health Center.
  3. The treatment plan includes established safe parameters for the student in terms of weight, physical well being, etc.
  4. The therapist agrees to regular communication with the PUSH provider. This communication would be determined by the frequency with which the provider sees the student and the therapist feels is best for the student's overall well being.
  5. The PUSH providers' primary role is medical management and they will not provide psychological counseling or prescribe medication to the students.

If you are currently seeing a therapist for an eating disorder diagnosis and want to use PUSH as your medical provider, we are happy to provide care. We believe that this coordinated approach is the best way to serve Purdue students.

PUSH Ambulatory Care Accreditation
September 16, 2019

The Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH) received its initial accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) on August 30, 2019. This full, 3 year accreditation distinguishes PUSH from many other outpatient facilities through its adherence to rigorous standards of care and safety. Status as an accredited organization means PUSH has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,100 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are currently accredited by AAACH. Earning this accreditation demonstrates the commitment PUSH has to providing the Purdue student community with quality, safe, compassionate and culturally competent care.

Infusion Therapy
May 6, 2019

PUSH offers infusion therapy for chronic and acute medical conditions when prescribed by a referring physician, even if the physician is out of state. The PUSH nurse coordinator will work with your prescribing provider to appropriately carry out your treatment plan. We will work with your personal schedule as well. PUSH will bill your insurance for these services. We are in network with United Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Purdue student insurance plan administered by AHP. If you are interested in this service, please call 765-494-1700 and ask to speak with the infusion nurse coordinator.

Treatment of Psychological Diagnoses at PUSH
October 30, 2018

The Purdue University Student Health Service (PUSH) recognizes that psychological concerns and psychotropic medication are issues for a number of students and families. PUSH also recognizes that the resources of PUSH medical providers, within the scope of their clinical practice, have the training and skillset to provide limited services to students who present with an uncomplicated, single psychiatric diagnosis, and are in need of short term medication. PUSH providers may write one, 14-30 day, prescription for a student who has been on the same medication in the past three months with no untoward effects. PUSH providers may evaluate a student requesting new medication when the student brings in clinical records or summary from a previous therapist or psychiatrist (and in the case of ADHD, diagnostic testing). PUSH medical providers cannot provide the on-going level of care that students may need for a psychological concern. PUSH medical providers cannot provide care to students who have been hospitalized within the last 6 months, who may not be responding to psychotropic medication, or who are thinking of harming self or others. These students will be referred from PUSH medical providers to a higher level of care.

Voicing Concerns at PUSH
February 20, 2018

Our goal at the Purdue Student Health Center is to provide you with the best possible care and services. If your experience did not meet our goal, please let us know by contacting the Student Health Center Patient Advocate, Marilyn Foster, at 765-494-1720, or in person at PUSH room 132. Because we know that health insurance and billing can also be a source of concern, we want to help with that as well. Please contact Lori Blair, Business Services Manager at 765-496-3138 for billing and insurance concerns.