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Health Services

Health Services in an academic community is developmental and preventative. Using a holistic approach, we welcome the opportunity to be a resource for Mount students as they deal with the challenges associated with the transition from adolescence to young adulthood.

Health Services, located in McGowan Center, was designed to meet the healthcare needs of all Mount St. Mary’s University undergraduate students and seminarians.

At your service is a trained medical staff: Medical Director, Dr. Bonita Portier, D.O., Nurse Manager, Susan Sanders, LPN, and our Medical Administrative Assistant Brenda Curtis, all CPR and AED certified.


Below are just a few of the many services provided to all undergraduates and seminarians:

  • Evaluation and treatment of injury or illness

  • Allergy injections

  • Immunization clinics including influenza vaccines

  • Management of chronic disease or disability in collaboration with student’s primary care provider

  • Medications: most medications prescribed by the doctor are available on site

  • Medication monitoring when indicated

  • Referrals to specialists as needed

  • Rapid strep, mono and flu testing

All undergraduate students and seminarians are eligible to use Health Services. Health Services itself does not accept insurance, although students are strongly encouraged to be insured and to carry their insurance card with them on campus. A student should have health insurance in the event diagnostic testing outside Health Services would be indicated or in the case of an emergency.

There are no fees for routine visits to Health Services, although there is a nominal fee for medications, allergy injections and diagnostic tests. Payment methods include cash, check or declining balance using the student’s Mount card. Any services received outside Health Services such as x-rays or lab services are the responsibility of the student.

A new service to Health Services and available to our undergrad students and seminarians during regular business hours, is the "Medicine Cabinet." This service offers "one-time" doses of many over the counter (OTC) medications to the students after being evaluated by the nurse.

Graduate students may use Health Services by having the option of paying a fee each semester. You may contact the Accounting Department at (301) 447-5353 or Health Services at (301) 447-5288 for more information.

Clinic Hours:

Just like your doctor's office at home, students need to come to Health Services during the doctor's hours listed below. Also, apointments take precedence over walkins, so students are encouraged to make appointments to see the doctor. The nurse will see students during normal business hours, however, the student may be asked to return to see the doctor during clinic hours.

Normal Operating hours

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Clinic Hours

 Dr. Portier will be in Health Services each day during the following clinic hours

Monday         3:30–6 p.m.
Tuesday        9–11:30 a.m.
Wednesday   3:30–6 p.m.
Thursday       9–11:30 a.m.
Friday            9–11:30 a.m.

Medical Emergencies:

In an emergency or life-threatening situation, please call 911 as well as Public Safety at x5911. If you have an urgent medical problem when Health Services is closed, there are several options:

FMH Immediate Care
    5930 Frederick Crossing, Frederick, Md.

Advanced Urgent Care of Frederick
     5930 Frederick Crossing Lane, Frederick, Md.

Gettysburg Hospital Emergency Room
     147 Gettys Street, Gettysburg, Pa.

Adams Health Center


16300 Old Emmitsburg Road | Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Map & Directions | | 301-447-6122
Frederick Campus | 5350 Spectrum Drive | Frederick, MD 21703
Map & Directions | | 301-682-8315