Health site on fast track PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel County Editor   
Friday, 15 February 2013 10:46
From left, Undergraduate Student Government president Alex Solis, BGSU president Mary Ellen Mazey and Wood County Hospital president Stan Korducki break into the ground at the future site of the Falcon Health Center. (Photo:
Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Teaching students and treating their illnesses are common missions - now linked by the building of a new BGSU health center.
As officials gathered to break ground for the new $5 million Falcon Health Center Thursday, one speaker noted the timing on Valentine's Day.
"It is a sweet day, isn't it," said Stan Korducki president of Wood County Hospital.
"We're talking about something that is more than just a building," he said, pointing out the similarities between educators and health care professionals. "We're both trying to do good things for people."
The goals are teaching and treatment - both with the mission of helping people and sending them on with their lives.
The new facility will be operated by Wood County Hospital and will replace the present Student Health Services building on campus. The 23,000-square-foot two-story facility will be located at the southwest corner of East Wooster Street and South College Avenue. A parking lot with 65 spaces will sit on the west and south sides of the health center.
The center will offer:
• Preventative and illness-related health services provided by physicians and nurse
Bowling Green State University president Mary Ellen Mazey speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Falcon Health Center.
Wood County Hospital president Stanley Korducki speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Falcon Health Center.
• 16 private exam rooms.
• General radiology services.
• Lab and blood draw capabilities.
• Women's health services.
• Drive-through pharmacy.
Patients will be able to self-schedule their appointments online, and view their health records via an online health portal.
BGSU President Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey said the health center partnership was just "a dream" a couple years ago. But now it is scheduled to be open for services by time students return to school at the end of August.
"The next phase is going to be a sprint," Korducki said of the construction timeline.
The long planning process has been worth it, Mazey said. "We want to be known as the fitness university."
Students are looking forward to the new health center, according to Alex Solis, president of the Undergraduate Student Government at BGSU.
"We are very excited. When we return to the university in the fall, the Falcon Health Center will be there to greet us," he said.
Solis said student input was sought out during the planning process of the facility.
"The student voice was heard every step of the way," he said. "That really means a lot."
Deb Busdeker, director of the student health center, said the facility is designed to meet student needs much better than the existing site built in the early 1960s. The patient rooms are larger and will ensure more privacy. The location will allow for more convenient care for athletes, be set up for easy pickup of prescriptions, and offer women's health services once a week.
"We've spent a lot of time talking," to determine how to best serve students, Busdeker said.

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