Wellness Center

Phone: (828) 689-1243
Fax: (828) 689-1445
Email: infirmary@mhu.edu

Open: Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 3:30pm (closed daily for lunch and meetings)
Physicians: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9–10AM
(No physicians during summer terms, holidays, or breaks.)


Stephanie Shelton, RN - Director of Medical Services
Andrea Ingle, RN-C-PRN
Astor Davis, RN

About the Wellness Center

The Mars Hill University Wellness Center (also known as the Infirmary), located in Robinson Hall, is the health facility for the campus community. The Wellness Center staff provides primary care for full-time students but also attempts to assist students by teaching them preventive health care. This is accomplished through films, informal discussions, pamphlets, etc. The Wellness Center is part of the Student Development office and works closely with this office in order to assist in each student's physical and emotional development during his/her college experience.

A physician, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner associated with the Hot Springs Health Program assesses sick and injured students at the center on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. (changes are posted). Students are encouraged to schedule these visits as a limited number of students can be seen at this time. Others will be triaged according to need. It is recommended that walk-ins arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. as late arrivals may not have the opportunity to see the provider. Students who need medical assistance outside these posted hours are strongly encouraged to seek the nurses' care at the Wellness Center and may be treated according to physician standing orders. The nurse may opt to schedule an appointment at the Mars Hill Medical Center for physician assessment. Students who present through the Wellness Center for appointments at Mars Hill Medical Center are not required to pay a co-payment at the time of the visit as long as proof of insurance is in hand. Students who have college insurance will also be required to have the completed insurance form at the time of the visit. The student or his/her parent will be billed for any unpaid balance. Physician services at the Wellness Center are at no additional cost to the student. This service is only offered to full-time, regular students.

The Wellness Center offers limited over-the-counter medications for the most common ailments and a few basic laboratory services. There is a charge for laboratory services, for immunizations, and for supplies such as ACE wraps or unreturned borrowed equipment (e.g. heating pads, crutches).