Health Services


To assist the students in the promotion of health and wellness in a holistic approach through education, awareness and prevention so that they may achieve success on a diverse college campus.  

Health Alerts

PREVENTION: Get immunized! By the time you enter college, you should have at least one vaccine of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunization; two doses are recommended but not required.

The Centers for Disease Control recommend that if you were born in 1957 or after, and do not have a record of being vaccinated or having had these infections, talk to your healthcare professional about how many doses you may need.



Health Services is a nurse-directed basic first aid and minor short-term illness clinic where students can come when they are ill, injured, or need assistance in attaining or maintaining their health and well-being.  All services are free of charge, and include the following:

  • Minor first aid treatment
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Wound care
  • Suture/staple removal
  • Height/Weight/BMI measurements
  • Strep testing
  • Mono testing
  • Influenza testing
  • Mononucleosis testing
  • Glucose testing
  • Urine dips for UTIs and pregnancy
  • TB skin testing

Student Health Checklist

Being a college student warrants a quick health check in order for you to remain healthy all school year. By following a few simple strategies, you can “rock on” in school, work and your social life.

Get involved in regular cardio exercise

for 30 minutes five times a week such as walking, swimming, running or any other activity that increases your heart rate.

De-stress by deep breathing and stretching exercises

two to three times a week. Spring for a DVD of yoga or get involved in a yoga class.

Get plenty of sleep!

This is very important in every aspect of your life!! As a college student, it is recommended that you log six to eight hours per night.

Take five!

Take time out every half hour to stretch, walk around, or deep breathe if you are working at a computer.

Drink plenty of water.

Dehydration can make you more vulnerable to illness and infections, therefore, it is important that you down plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. And if water isn’t your thing, juice, tea, and other beverages will work as well.

Utilizing your BFFs.

Having the right friends and someone to talk to and count on is extremely important for your mental health. Seek out groups and activities that will attract new friends who will be supportive of you and vice versa

Eat your fruits and veggies.

A good rule of thumb is to make sure that half of your plate is filled with fruits and vegetables as these foods are bursting with nutrients that help keep infection and diseases at bay.

Fight the flu.

Get a flu shot to avoid being laid up this year for a week with fever and sickness. This vaccine is made available to each residential student and all Gallia County students in mid- October here at URG. Being a college student, you often are in close quarters with roomies and classmates, so make sure you get that flu shot!!

Back off the alcohol.

Alcohol has empty calories and is a risk factor for accidents, injuries and regrettable risky behaviors. Once you turn 21, try sticking to the recommended daily limit of no more than two beers or glasses of wine for men and one for women.

Kick the bad habits!

Rub snuff, smoke cigarettes or do other drugs? STOP!! All these can impose serious health threats so start kicking those bad habits today. Talk with your healthcare provider for assistance or check out your local health department

Medical Emergency
  • For any potentially life threatening situation, contact Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at 9-911.
  • If you have questions or to inform the nurse of a problem, contact, Health services extension 7389 or the secretary at 7350.
  • After Health Services hours or on weekends, resident students in need of immediate medical attention should contact their Student Life Coordinator or Resident Assistants.
  • CAMPUS POLICE may be reached at campus extension 7286.
  • For assistance or information for poisoning, contact Holzer Medical Center Emergency Room: 446-5201
  • Crisis Text Line, (a 24 hour service not affiliated with URG/RGCC) by texting 741-741 from your mobile phone
  • For assistance or information concerning suicide contact the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • You can also contact Hopewell Health Centers Crisisline at 1-800-252-5554 or call 911
  • For information about Substance Abuse Treatment contact F.A.C.T.S: 446-7866 or 286-1589 Monday through Friday.

A confidential medical history record must be on file at Health Services before a student can be treated. Each student is encouraged to submit a completed record before arriving on campus.

Nursing, Medical, Technology, International Students, Athletes and some other majors are required to have additional medical information.

Class absence due to illness must be documented by Health Services at the time of illness/injury. Absence from class longer than two days will not be covered by Health Services unless documented by a physician.

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 1713.55 states that beginning with the academic year that commences on or after July 1, 2005, an institution of higher education shall not permit a student to reside in on-campus housing unless the student (or parent if the student is younger than 18 years or age) discloses whether he/she ha been vaccinated against hepatitis B and meningitis. We are also requesting information concerning the MMR (Measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine due to the recent outbreak of measles in the United States. By submission of the completed “vaccination Status” form, you will being compliance of the requirements set forth.

Please not this law does not require vaccination of the student, nor does it require the institution to provide or pay for these vaccination. It requires only disclosure of vaccine status of the student.

The Department of Health Services requires the following of all students:

  • A completed “Confidential Medical History” form.
  • A current Diphtheria/Tetanus or Tetanus booster (within last 10 years)
  • Two MMR’s (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) immunizations (for all students with date of birth in 1965 or later)
  • A current (within the last 3 months) PPD ( TB skin test) or chest X-Ray
  • A copy of the student’s immunization record
  • Hospitalization insurance information
  • History of allergies – – medication and/or food
  • In addition, Nursing Students, Medical Lab Technician Students, Intercollegiate Athletes, and International students must also provide:
    • (1) Physical Examination by a physician
    • (2) Documentation of Hepatitis-B series (Nursing & MLT)
  • Students with chronic/long term medical conditions and students who take prescribed medications on a regular basis should include this information on the Confidential Medical History form. If the student resides in campus housing, the Student Life Coordinator (SLC) should also be made aware of such conditions.



Dress for Success

Dress for Success is ALL-NEW and can be found in the Student Engagement office.  As a student of the University of Rio Grande you have the opportunity to come through “Dress for Success” and pick an outfit that is best for a job interview for FREE.  Dress for Success also offers students the opportunity for them to come in and pick up hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc.  EVERYTHING IS FREE TO YOU AS A STUDENT.

All clothing items are accepted through donations.  We have a variety of styles and sizes.  We accept donations during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.

Field of Hope Community campus Counseling Center

11818 State Route 160
Vinton, Ohio 45686
Phone: 740-388-8454
Fax: 740-388-8474

Holzer Behavioral Health and Recovery Services


Patients will receive Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Random Urine Dru Screens to assist with client accountability, Medicated Assisted Treatment, as well as treatment services provided by a certified nurse practitioner.

Our staff consists of Debra Mullins NP-C; Trisha Gibson MA, LPC, LICDC; Cindy Besco BSW, CDCAII; and Jacob Ashcraft LPN


University of Rio Grande

Helping Hands Food Pantry


The Helping Hands Food Pantry gives underprivileged students and community members the opportunity to obtain food when going through tough times. With such a large percentage of Southeastern Ohio residents in poverty, it is imperative for our University to take part in battling hunger in the community.  In the modern world, it is important for everyone to get involved when battling the growing weight of poverty; therefore, the action of the community is necessary when an organization decides to take strides to make a change.

Campus Involvement

The pantry is sustained by donations from campus and local organizations through food drives and cash donations. We will be working with campus and student to have two campus food drives each year.  One in the fall and one in the spring. 

Food Pantry Location

The food pantry is located in the Rhodes Student Center main floor across from the Student Affairs Office.  At this time just ask for it to be opened by the Administrative Assistant in the office.

Local Food Banks in the Area

Vinton Baptist Church

11818 State Rt. 160
Vinton, Ohio 45686
Monday  4:30-6:30 p.m.
Note: You may visit Once each month bringing ID’s for all household members over 18, birth certificates for all household members under 18 and proof of address.

Gallia County Outreach Center

275 State Street
Gallipolis, Ohio 45631
Tuesdays and Thursdays (Except 1st week of Month)
Note: May visit every other month.  Must bring picture ID, proof of income, and a utility bill or other proof of address.  May provide other household necessities.

Grace United Methodist Church

600 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, Ohio 45631
Monday and Tuesday (Except 3rd Tuesday)
Note:  May visit once each month.  Must bring ID’s for all household members over 18, birth certificates for all household members under 18 and proof of address.

Silver Run Baptist Church

26601 Story Run Road
Cheshire, Ohio
Note: Must bring picture ID.  Additional food giveaways and other community services and resources are published on the Silver Run Food Pantry’s Facebook page as they become available.

First Church of Nazarene

1110 First Avenue
Gallipolis, Ohio 45631
Note: may visit one each month.  Must provide names and dates of birth for all household members.  Enter through rear door of church.

Residential Student


Required immunizations are as follows:

  • Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B
  • Meningitis Vaccine (see below)

There are two types of meningococcal vaccines available in the United States:
Meningococcal conjugate vaccines (Menactra and Menveo)
Serogroup B meningococcal vaccines (Bexsero and Trumenba)
All 11 to 12 year olds should be vaccinated with a meningococcal conjugate vaccine. A booster dose is recommended at age 16 years. Teens and young adults (16 through 23 year olds) also may be vaccinated with a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine if they are at risk for meningococcal disease, such as living in close quarters with others. (CDC)

  • Medical History Form (front and back)
  • Immunization Record

While there are no immunizations mandated by the State of Ohio for college students, you are required to provide your immunization record. This must be turned into Health Services NO LATER than four weeks after the semester starts. If you do not get this turned in, a “hold” will be put on your account until the necessary information is received.


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Health Services is located in Room 117 of the James A. Rhodes Student Center on the University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College campus.

Business hours: 8-5 Monday – Friday (Closed on holidays) 

James A. Rhodes Student Center

James A. Rhodes Student Center




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