Student wellness

Health Center

The Student Health Center is located in the lower level of Old Ropp Hall. The entrance is on the Riley Creek side. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell, you should seek diagnostic nasal swab testing.

Please contact your primary care provider who may place an order for testing if it is necessary. If it is an emergency, please dial 911.

Appointments and a physician referral are required to receive a COVID-19 test from The Bluffton Hospital Triage & Testing Center. You must provide a doctor’s note. 

Minor health concerns - such as nausea, diarrhea, headache, minor scrapes and cuts, etc. - can be addressed in the Student Health Center by appointment. Office hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year.

Sherri Winegardner, DNP, RN, MSN, MHA, will provide in-person consultation and telehealth services.

  • Students must call for an appointment before coming to the Student Health Center, 419-358-3282
  • Telehealth consultations will also be available via Zoom. Please call for an appointment and a Zoom link for the consultation will be provided

Masks are required when visiting the Student Health Center.

There are a number of health care options in walking distance of campus. These facilities provide full access to the services that will benefit our students. Medical facilities will bill individually to a student or their family’s medical insurance.

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204 N Main St.
Bluffton , Ohio 45817
Walk-in primary care; no appointment needed.

DIAL 9-1-1

An emergency is a situation that POSES AN IMMEDIATE RISK TO HEALTH, LIFE, PROPERTY OR ENVIRONMENT. Most emergencies require urgent intervention to prevent a worsening of the situation.

Examples include: someone not breathing or bleeding uncontrollably. This includes any person with immediate thoughts of harming himself or herself or someone else.

Assistance is available on campus for coping with issues, problems and concerns. Counseling services are free to Bluffton University students.

Appointments may be scheduled 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday- Friday, with Rae Staton MA, LSW, at 419-358-3449 or If necessary, an evening or weekend appointment can be arranged.
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