Life at Loyola can be fun and exciting while at the same time stressful and demanding.  A visit to Student Health Services could be your answer to getting well and staying well as you navigate the responsibilities of being a student and as we venture into the peak of flu season.  Your Student Health Services clinic provides healthcare for all currently enrolled Loyola students including residential, commuter, full-time and part-time.  SHS is staffed by contracted employees of Ochsner Health System and consist of a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, and a medical assistant.  You can check out their individual biographies on our main page:  Our collaborative physician/medical director is Dr. Margaret Pelitere. 

There is no cost beyond your tuition for the medical care provided at SHS; however, there are fees associated with laboratory testing (lab work sent off-site), prescriptions (Loyola does not have a pharmacy), outpatient x-rays, and immunizations.  If you receive a prescription, you will need to have that medication filled at a local pharmacy.  We can provide you with a list of nearby pharmacies.

We are located in the basement of the Danna Center, directly below the Orleans Room (OR).  Our office hours during the fall and spring semesters are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:45pm.  There are limited same day appointments available with the nurse practitioner and nurse consultations are always available during office hours.  Medical services are provided for illnesses such as the flu, strep throat, urinary tract infections, sinus infections, dermatological conditions, just to name a few.  Think of SHS as your on-campus urgent care clinic. 

If you are sick and would like to see the nurse practitioner, simply call (504)-865-3326 or stop in to schedule your same day appointment.  It is best to call or stop by as early as possible in the morning to schedule your appointment, as there is a limited number of students that the nurse practitioner can see each day.  If the nurse practitioner’s schedule is full for the day, you can consult with the nursing staff.  She can offer you medical advice and provide a referral if necessary.  If you need medical attention after hours, you can refer to our website for area urgent care options.  For on-campus medical emergencies, contact LUPD at (504)-865-3434 for an ambulance. 

SHS staff can also make referrals to local hospitals, walk-in clinics, physicians, and specialists in the area.  Wellness appointments, such as well-woman exams and physicals, are scheduled in advance as opposed to same day “sick” appointments.  Immunizations for MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), tetanus, meningitis, flu, and TB test are available at a cost.

Strict confidentiality laws are firmly respected in SHS.  All medical records are kept strictly confidential and are not a part of the student’s academic record.  Medical records are only released with the signed consent of the student. 

For more information on SHS, please visit:

Amie Cardinal, RN
Student Health Services

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