Chatham University

Student Health Services

Greetings from the Director of Student Health and Wellness

Ron Giles

Ron Giles,
Director for Student Health Services

The Office of Student Health and Wellness is responsible for coordinating the mental health (emotional), physical (health and wellness lifestyle) social, support services on campus. The departments under Student Health and Wellness consist of Athletics and Fitness Center, Counseling Services and Student Health Services. The staff members actively participate in designing policies and practices and developing resources, programs and services that have direct impacts on the overall health and wellness of the diverse student population at Chatham University.


Student Health Services

As part of a holistic approach to student development, Health Services offers a variety of educational programs in health and wellness for the campus community in cooperation with the Office of Student Affairs and various other departments on campus. The Student Health Center provides first aid intervention, illness and injury assessment, starter doses of over-the-counter medication, and various health screenings (e.g., blood pressure checks, height and weight). Chatham has partnered with local Urgent Care facilities and a family practice to provide treatment for students requiring physician evaluation. Students that require on-going maintenance care can be referred to not only the facilities we have partnered with but to numerous physicians in the neighboring area.


How Does Health Service Work?

If you don’t feel well:


Transportation to Off–Campus Healthcare

If a student requires medical attention and it’s of an urgent nature and not a full emergency, the student will have the option to go to the UPMC Urgent Care at 5231 Centre Avenue (near UPMC Shadyside). The Urgent Care is open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Students requiring transportation to UPMC Shadyside Urgent Care can take the Chatham (Oakland) Shuttle. Upon boarding, students should notify the driver that they need to go to Urgent Care.

Students can also visit Urgent Care on their own daily, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., 365 days.


What Do I Do Between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.?

After 9:00 p.m., if a student requires medical attention, they should first notify their Resident Assistant (RA) or Graduate Resident Director (GRD). The RA or GRD will call Public Safety for assistance or transportation.

RA on call phones are answered from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. daily

Should a student need emergency treatment they will be transported via public safety or EMS to the UPMC Shadyside Hospital Emergency Room. Please note the charge from the use of the emergency room may not be totally covered by the Student Insurance plan (if you are enrolled).


Chatham requires that you provide your vaccination records to Student Health Services before the first day of classes. Failure to provide your records will prevent you from enrolling for subsequent semesters. Proof of MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella), meningitis &s Hepatitis B are required. Others, such as vaccines for chickenpox, tetanus, hepatitis A, and polio, are only recommended so that we have that information on file should illness break out on campus.


Services & Programs:


Meet the Staff

Dr. Ron Giles
Director of Student Health & Wellness

Val Martincek
PT Medical Secretary


Fees and Insurance:

Health and Wellness Education/Programs

**These are sponsored by Student Health Services, Student Affairs and PEACHes (Peer Educators at Chatham in Health)**