Healthcare and Medical well-being are a major concern in today’s society. Having easy access to solid, reliable medical care is something that every student should consider when looking for a place to continue their education. Incoming students will be out on their own, possibly for the first time, and because accidents and illnesses happen it’s important to know the healthcare options that are available on and off-campus.
Proper preparation and knowledge beforehand is one of the best ways to provide peace of mind and a faster response for parents and students alike. KMBC wants students and their families to have confidence in cases of medical emergency or illness they are in good hands.
On – Campus
KMBC’s campus nurse, Wanda Speas, has worked as an Emergency Room nurse for many years and has experience with handling medical emergencies large and small. Nurse Speas lives on campus as is readily available to access and care for any medical needs as they arise.
For years Nurse Speas has used her medical knowledge and training to handle situations effectively, efficiently, and with Christ’s loving-kindness for the students and staff of KMBC.
College can be a big transition for students, as they are continuing to grow more independent and self-sufficient. To assist students who are facing challenges, struggling with the transition to college, or just needing some extra support KMBC has confidential counseling available through our licensed on-campus counselor.
There are also other licensed counselors and community services available in the area where KMBC is located.
Off – Campus
The Juniper Heath System in Breathitt County is the KMBC recommended provider and offers Primary Care, Behavior Health, Social Services, and well as Dental and Optometry. Juniper Health works with all insurances and has an income based sliding scale. A full list of services and providers can be found on their website.
Phone Number: (606) 666-9950
There are other local medical and behavioral health options also available.
Regional Hospital and Emergency Room with LifeFlight capabilities:
Kentucky River Medical Center
Phone Number: (606) 666-6000
Covid Testing Sites:
Primary Care Center of Eastern Kentucky
Phone Number: (606) 439-1300
Phone Number: (606) 666-9950
Phone Number: (606) 666-2883
- KMBC requires all dorm students to have medical insurance.
- We encourage students to carry their medical insurance card and ID in a readily accessible wallet or purse, and on their phone (as a photo or in a medical app.)
- Students should make sure to list all known medical conditions, allergies, and medications on their KMBC Medical Forms. (linked below)
- Inform RA’s and Campus Nurse of preferred response procedures due to chronic conditions such as seizures, asthma, anaphylactic allergies, etc.
- Keep any inhalers, EpiPens, insulin, etc. in an easily accessible spot and inform RA’s and Campus Nurse of their location.
- Students are encouraged to tell RA’s or the Campus Nurse when they are injured or feel unwell.
- All class absences due to illness need to be reported to Student Life before any class is missed.
- Make sure you are familiar with Health procedures. KMBC encourages students to create a “go bag” in case of illness requiring quarantine or isolation. Instructions below.