During Your Visit
Before every nursing appointment at SHAW, you will be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire. Your actual appointment may take between 10-30 minutes, depending on the nature of your symptoms.
We encourage you to ask questions and make sure you understand what you need to do to feel better. The nurse you see will ask you questions about your symptoms, may check vital signs such as your temperature or blood pressure, and may provide you with triage care or free over-the-counter medications, ice pack or bandages.
If the nurse feels that you may need more extensive or specialized treatment, you will be referred to a physician in the community or region or to the emergency room at Unity Point Grinnell Regional Medical Center. The nurse will help ensure you have transportation in these cases.
If you are referred to services off campus, we will ask for your permission to consult with those service providers about you. While you do not have to give us this authorization, we believe that such consultation improves everyone's ability to provide you with the best possible care. Consultation of this sort is the standard of care in the mental health and health professions.
Off Campus Providers
Following are contact numbers for providers of primary health and mental health care and services in Grinnell. This list does not constitute recommendation or endorsement of any of these providers and is not updated regularly. For information about specialists, dental care providers, and providers and services in other central Iowa locations, please contact Student Health and Wellness at 641-269-3230.
Gallager Student Health provides Grinnell College student health insurance coverage information.
Mobile Clinic for Reproductive Health
Primary Health Care of Marshalltown offers a mobile reproductive health clinic the first and third Mondays of the month from 3-7 p.m. The mobile bus is located at the Light Center for Community Health, 306 4th Ave, Grinnell, IA. To schedule an appointment call the Marshalltown Primary Health Care Medical Clinic at 641-753-4021 and tell the receptionist that you are a Grinnell Family Planning patient.
Services covered are:
- Annual reproductive exams (all genders),
- Contraceptive management (all methods available, including LARCs such as IUD and Nexplanon),
- Reproductive life planning,
- STD testing and treatment,
- Pregnancy testing,
- Other problems related to sexual health - yeast infection, UTI, etc.
- Family Medicine: 641-236-6740
- Grinnell Family Care: 641-236-7524
- Unity Point Grinnell Regional Family Practice: 641-236-2500
- Grinnell Regional Medical Center
- Switchboard: 641-236-7511
- ER: 641-236-2380
If it is determined that a student is too ill to remain on campus but does not require full hospitalization, he/she/they may be referred to the SubAcute Care Program at Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC). Students are referred to the SubAcute Care Program by a physician in consultation with our Medical Director Dr. Laura Ferguson or our Director Deb Shill, R.N.
In the SubAcute Care Program, students stay at GRMC overnight and receive limited nursing care and meals, provided by GRMC staff, at no cost. All other expenses, including lab work, physician visits, physical therapy, and prescribed medication, will be billed to you.