Baptist to Provide JU Health Care; Arlington Clinic off Campus Will Serve about 1,200 College Students

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Byline: KEVIN TURNER

With the beginning of the 2008-09 academic year Friday, more than 1,200 Jacksonville University students will have a new health clinic at 1021 Cesery Blvd., about a mile and a half away from campus.

The Arlington Baptist Urgent Care clinic will serve as the central point to JU students seeking health care, but the rest of the Baptist Health network also is open to JU students through the agreement, said Douglas Malie, assistant administrator for Baptist Occupational Health and Baptist Urgent Care for Baptist Health.

"We file their insurance regardless of what it is; we participate with every one known to man," Malie said Tuesday.

Jacksonville University students are required to have health insurance when they enroll, but the university does not have an on-campus clinic, JU Vice President for Student Life John Balog said Tuesday.

"Our relationship with Baptist is for our students to have direct access to a doctor," he said.

Students seeking care at the clinic and four other Baptist urgent care clinics near the university do not have to make an office co-pay, Malie said. If there are health care network issues that result in costs to a student, they are billed to a secondary JU insurance policy, he said.

"The family or student does not incur additional costs as a result of visiting our center," he said.

Students need to bring their JU identification and proof of insurance card when visiting the clinic, Bill Redden, Baptist Health manager of urgent care services, said Tuesday. …