Student Health News

New Physician in the Student Health Center

 

Dr. Thomas J. Leytham was recently appointed as a full-time physician at the University of South Alabama, Student Health Center.  Prior to his appointment at Student Health, Dr. Leytham practiced with USA Knollwood Physicians Group Clinic.

From 1991-1997, Dr. Leytham served in the United States Air Force as a staff family physician at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. He later served as assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, also in San Antonio.

In addition, Dr. Leytham has served as medical director of Gamboa Family Practice in San Antonio, Texas; clinic director of La Vernia Family Physicians in La Vernia, Texas; medical director of both Alamo City Medical Group East Side Clinic and Alamo City Medical Group La Vernia Clinic, both in San Antonio; physician for Health Texas Medical Group in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Leytham is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice. He has been included in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors, Top Doctors of America, and Top Doctors in San Antonio.

Dr. Leytham earned two bachelor’s degrees and his medical degree from the University of South Alabama. He completed his residency in family practice at Eglin Regional USAF Hospital, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

AAAHC Accreditation

All of us at the Student Health Center at the University of South Alabama are pleased to announce that we have received notice that we have achieved a full three-year re-accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). 

This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of our student health center. We are so pleased to inform you that out of 610 standards, we met or exceeded compliance in all but four of these standards with a PERFECT score on our overall chapter compliance level. We are very proud of everyone that had a role in this accomplishment because it is a rigorous on-site survey that not all student health centers across the country can achieve.

 

Web Portal

The patient web portal is now available for students to go on-line and make appointments, check to see if there is a balance owed to the Student Health Center, and to receive communication from their health care provider. Students are encouraged to enroll in the web portal by going to https://studenthealth.southalabama.edu . If you have questions, call (251) 460-7151.

 

Flu Season

The Student Health Center has flu vaccine available for all currently enrolled students at a cost of $20. There is no need to make an appointment. Additionally, the cost of the flu shot is covered at 100% for all students who have coverage with the United Healthcare plan. Please call 460-7151 if you have further questions.

Students, faculty and staff should adhere to the following preventative actions to curtail the spread of viruses and flu: 

1) Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. 2) Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. 3) Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. 4)Avoid close contact with sick people. 5) Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. 6) If you get influenza-like illness symptoms, stay home from work or school except to seek medical care and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

 

Immunizations

Beginning with the fall semester 2007, the University of South Alabama began requiring that all first-time entering students born after 1956 provide proof of 2 doses of a measles containing vaccine (rubeola, M.R., MMR) prior to registration.  One dose must have been after 1980 and at least one of the doses must have been an MMR.  Blue cards (IMM 50) or copies of Blue Cards will be accepted.  

All new students will be required to complete a tuberculosis screening questionnaire.  

Submit your immunization documents and complete the questionnaire at the Student Health Webportal:  https://studenthealth.southalabama.edu

The Student Health Center staff stresses the importance of being informed about the importance of receiving vaccination against bacterial meningitis, especially those students who live in residence halls, to reduce the risk of acquiring the disease. For further questions, please contact us at 460-7151.