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SSU expands public health services

A Sonoma State University program that offers low-cost health care services for the public will be expanded this year, officials said Tuesday.

The service, operated by the school's family nurse practitioner program, is expanding because student enrollment has climbed sharply this year, said Wendy Smith, director of the program.

It will go from being open one day a week to two, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Oct. 6 through Dec. 17.

Last year, 27 people were admitted to the nursing program, Smith said. This year, 58 students were enrolled.

The low-cost service is offered through the program's Health Maintenance Project. It provides physical examinations and health appraisals for children and adults. Nursing faculty members supervise the exams, which are performed by family nurse practitioner students who are registered nurses in the master's degree program.

Among services provided are complete medical histories; blood pressure checks; Pap smears; vision tests and tests for cholesterol and anemia.

Last academic year, the program saw 105 patients. This year, 200 are projected. For more information call 664-2466.


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