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CWU and KVH to collaborate on health

A new arrangement involving CWU and Kittitas Valley Healthcare will improve the availability and quality of health services for university students. Under the agreement, announced today (Friday, February 16), Kittitas Valley Healthcare will make Dr. Robert Meyer available, on a part-time basis, to see and treat students at the CWU Student Medical and Counseling Center (SMCC) during spring quarter.

CWU Associate Dean of Students Jenna Hyatt said the addition will help address the demand for campus healthcare. Last year, SMCC recorded 9,693 appointments for medical services alone.

“Central’s student body growth coupled with increasing medical costs—many outside university control—makes it prudent for us to explore this short-term, potential cost-saving alternative,” Hyatt said. “Providing the best health care possible for our students is utmost in our decision making.”

The SMCC maintains laboratory and x-ray services, and provides a wide range of general medical services, such as: acute and chronic illnesses care, evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries, routine examinations, immunizations, allergy shots, and even some minor surgery.

Students with immediate care needs are evaluated and provided urgent care or, if necessary, referred to off-campus facilities.

“CWU is invaluable to this community,” Meyer stated. “It’s truly an honor to serve the students and be a part of a great medical team at CWU.”

Meyer is a specialist in occupational medicine, which focuses on workplace health. SMCC works in conjunction with university departments required to have workplace health and safety training or certification. While Meyer will be a resource to SMCC in that area, his specific role is to work with the healthcare needs of CWU students.

The SMCC, which received recently received continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc., is one of only two university health care facilities in the state, and the only one at a comprehensive institution, to hold the accreditation.

In addition, it offers group and individual counseling; workshops and on-campus presentations, and staff and faculty consultations.

Photo: Dr. Robert Meyer

Media contacts: Robert Lowery, CWU Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,

Michele Wurl, KVH Community Relations director, 509-933-8838,