The University of Toledo has announced plans for a new University Campus Health Services model designed to provide our students, faculty and staff with a comprehensive, integrated health and wellness system. Under this new model, all campus clinical, mental health/counseling and wellness services will be centralized to ensure coordination and adequate support for all members of the campus community.
Interim President Gregory Postel has named Dr. Linda Lewandowski, vice provost for health affairs for interprofessional and community partnerships and dean and professor of the College of Nursing, the interim inaugural executive director for University Campus Health Services. In this role, she will help restructure and centralize UToledo’s existing healthcare and wellness programs, with support from the University Health and Wellness Council (including student representation). The council will help to promote coordination of services, provide strategic vision and collaboration, working closely with the director together to support the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff.
“I am grateful that Linda has agreed to take on this important role in addition to her existing responsibilities. She has a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for the health and well-being of all of our Rockets,” Postel said.
The new University Campus Health Services is expected to expand services to the entire campus community, including students, faculty and staff on both campuses. In addition to primary care (including both telemedicine and in-person clinical services), follow-up specialty services such as orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics, psychiatry and behavioral health will be provided by The University of Toledo Physicians Group.
Over the next several years, UToledo hopes to add additional services such as women’s health, men’s health, nutrition services, travel clinic, occupational health and physical therapy/sports medicine along with special healthcare initiatives involving special populations such as LGBTQ population, international students and students with disabilities.
“As our University continues to navigate this pandemic and implement innovative best practices to sustain campus well-being, there is an urgent need for comprehensive, campus-wide health services with integrated collaboration between clinical, mental health/counseling and wellness services,” Lewandowski said.
UToledo is expected to conduct a national search for a permanent executive director for University Campus Health Services and chief health and wellness officer.