GWU and Atrium Health Announce Plans for Student Health Clinic

New Wellness Service Opens July 1

GWU and Atrium Health Announce Plans for Student Health Clinic

Gardner-Webb and Atrium Health have announced a new partnership that will enhance the University’s commitment to students. Beginning July 1, Atrium will operate a Student Health Clinic on campus.

Gardner-Webb President Dr. William Downs noted the campus is long overdue for this service. Since his arrival to GWU, he has heard about the need for a campus health clinic from both current and prospective students, and their parents. “I am both delighted and relieved that we will have this important service up and running before the bulk of our students returns in the fall,” he stated. “We have a non-negotiable institutional obligation to do what we can to enhance the health and well-being of our student population, and this clinic's launch helps us take a great leap forward toward that goal. We are especially fortunate to be partnering with such a well-known and reputable provider as Atrium Health. Atrium (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System) has served the region with distinction since its original inception as Charlotte Memorial Hospital in 1940. Touting four core values—caring, commitment, integrity, teamwork—Atrium brings to Gardner-Webb and Boiling Springs the promise of high quality patient care, and we look forward to a sustained and successful collaboration.”

Dr. David A. Cosenza, medical director for Atrium Health Employer Solutions, noted that the new partnership allows Atrium to fulfill its mission. “We are proud to partner with Gardner-Webb University on this clinic,” he affirmed. “At Atrium Health, we are committed to providing quality and convenient access to care. This health clinic will allow us to provide on-going health care, preventative health care services, potentially reduce the need for emergency department or urgent care visits and manage acute and chronic conditions for Gardner-Webb students. All in all, it’s ensuring that the students and employees have access to the quality care that they deserve.”

The new clinic will be located at 148 Memorial Drive. “The location allows for the clinic to remain on campus yet provide privacy at the same time, which is important,” observed Dr. Sarah Currie, vice president of Student Development and dean of students. “The welcoming space communicates to students that we care.”

Currie further noted that the new Student Health Clinic is a complement to other wellness services offered by Gardner-Webb, such as the Counseling Center, Suttle Wellness Center and CrossFit classes. “Overall wellness has always been important for our students at Gardner-Webb,” she shared. “The addition of the Student Health Clinic allows us to provide a resource that enhances the student experience. The partnership with Atrium couldn’t have come at a better time as we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19.”