New health center takes center stage
The USC Engemann Student Health Center has landed the cover of the May/June issue of the Journal of American College Health, the only scholarly publication devoted entirely to college students’ health.
The cover is accompanied by a description of the building and the various programs that it houses.
USC’s old student health center was built as an infirmary in 1949. In the past 20 years, as USC transitioned into an increasingly residential university, the number of visits to the center nearly tripled to about 90,000 students per year.
To meet this growing demand, USC opened the new five-story, 101,000-square-feet Engemann Student Health Center in January. The center was made possible by a lead gift of $15 million from longtime supporters Roger and Michele Dedeaux Engemann ’68.
At the grand opening ceremony, Executive Director Lawrence Neinstein, USC professor of pediatrics and medicine and senior associate dean of the Division of Student Affairs, called the center “a dream come true” and thanked the Engemanns for their vision and generosity.
“We will create a healthier Trojan community and help students complete their academic endeavors and go on to lead successful, happy and healthier lives,” he had pledged. “With all the meaning I can muster — because this is an emotional moment for me — with all my heart and soul, thank you.”
Neinstein also acknowledged the facility’s five-star Yelp rating, which still holds strong today.
“Wow this place knocked my socks off!” one reviewer wrote. “A new health center was desperately [needed] by the USC community so I’m so glad that our school finally found the money and space to get it done. I am extremely pleased with the results.”
Another reviewer commented: “One of my favorite buildings at USC. I could not agree more with the previous reviews because it truly is a work of art — pristine, new, welcoming. Most importantly, there are so many medical services offered here.”
The Student Health Center has consolidated more than 16 services into one location, such as primary and urgent care, laboratory, radiology, counseling services, dental services, and physical and occupational therapy. It also houses specialty services, such as dermatology and acupuncture.