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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.


Flu Shots Available
January 9, 2020

It is still flu season in Indiana, so protect yourself by scheduling for a flu shot today!

You may schedule for your flu shot online using the Patient Portal (simply choose the flu shot option), or by calling 765-494-1700. The cost is $44.44 and we will bill your insurance.

Student Health Center Ambulatory Care Accreditation
December 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.



Coronavirus and You
January 24, 2020

While the information on the new Coronavirus from Wuhan, China is evolving every day, PUSH wants to share important information we have at this time:

There are only 2 groups at risk for Coronavirus:

1) People who have a fever (100.4 F / 38 C or above) AND lower respiratory symptoms (cough, wheezing, shortness of breath), and have traveled to Wuhan, China within the last 14 days OR have had known close contact with an individual under investigation for Novel Coronavirus.

2) People who have a fever (100.4 F / 38 C or above) OR lower respiratory symptoms and have been in known close contact with a laboratory confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus.

If you do not fall into 1 of these 2 at risk groups, you do not need to be concerned about having Coronavirus. If you are not symptomatic and have not had any known close contact with a laboratory confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus, you are at very low risk of becoming ill from this virus.

For more information about Coronavirus and you, please check our our FAQs.

Exciting Changes for 2020
January 8, 2020

Dr. Sarah Sayger, Medical Director at PUSH for over thirty years, retired on January 3, 2020. Dr. Sayger has been a very valuable member of the Student Health care team. While she will be missed, we know that this next stage of her life will provide new experiences and opportunities she will enjoy. Dr. Sayger led the medical staff through a number of positive changes, including a change to our model of care delivery and our recent Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) survey, and subsequent accreditation. If you are a patient of Dr. Sayger and she has suggested another PUSH provider for your ongoing care, you may wish to schedule an appointment with that provider to discuss your personal medical needs and to ensure that your healthcare is not interrupted.

Because medical leadership is critical to the quality care we provide at PUSH, we strove to find a leader with the passion and skill set to lead our provider team. Through our search process, we believe we found just such a leader in Dr. Craig Nadelson. Dr. Nadelson became Medical Director at the Student Health Center on December 16, 2019. He comes to our team with a background in leading medical staff groups at a number of employee-based clinics. In addition to the administrative tasks of leading the medical staff and participating in the PUSH leadership team, Dr. Nadelson will provide direct patient care on a scheduled basis. Beginning in February, appointments may be scheduled with Dr. Nadelson.

New leadership always brings some changes and Dr. Nadelson will bring new ideas and more positive change to PUSH as we continue in our mission to provide quality, compassionate, culturally competent and safe care to our patients.

Appointments may be scheduled online through the Patient Portal, or by calling 765-494-1700.

Meningitis Vaccine vs. Men B Vaccine
December 16, 2019

All new students to Purdue University must show proof of both meningitis and Meningitis B vaccines, or must submit a medical or religious exemption to all vaccines. Meningitis and Meningitis B are two separate vaccines. The Meningococcal conjugate vaccine protects against the A,C, W and Y strains of the meningitides bacteria. This vaccine's proprietary names are Menactra or Menveo, or may be called Men Quad. The Meningitis B vaccine protects against only the Men B strain of the meningitides bacteria. The proprietary names for Men B vaccine are Bexsero or Trumenba.

If you do not complete your meningitis vaccine requirements by March 1, 2020 there will be a hold placed on your registration for your next semester.

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.

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.