Dude, Where’s the Hospital?

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It seems there is one thing that is nearly impossible to avoid; getting sick the day before midterms. From the common cold to the flu, and the occasional broken or dislocated bones; it is near impossible to last an entire year without a visit to the doctors.

There are plenty of hospitals and urgent care facilities within a short distance from campus.

1. Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center – 3.08 miles
10800 Magnolia Ave (951) 353-2000

2. Riverside Medical Clinic – Urgent Care – 2.23 miles
7117 Brockton Ave (951) 782-3789

3. Parkview Community Hospital – 0.88 miles
3865 Jackson St (951) 688-2211

Parkview Community Hospital, the closest hospital to school, is the only non-profit hospital in Riverside. Dylan Bowman, a sophomore biology/ premed major, said they are a good facility. “I worked in the ER and the people there were really helpful and nice and courteous,”Bowman said.

Riverside Medical Clinic’s Urgent Care treats patients as quickly as possible. Hours of operation are Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat. and Sun. from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.. Riverside Medical Clinic accepts most forms of insurance.

Kaiser Permanente is the furthest from school. It is the largest of the hospitals within a file mile radius of campus.

Chelsea Rodgers, a junior liberal studies major, said “usually a trip to Kaiser’s Urgent care turns into a day long field trip and finally after about four or five hours in the waiting room, exam room, or pharmacy, I am finished and ready to go home.”

As one of the largest local facilities serving Kaiser patients, the busy atmoshphere is not uncommon.

“They mentioned that they get a lot of college students around finals time,” senior English major Ashley Sorrells said. “If you have Kaiser insurance you pretty much need to go there.”

With a variety of choices for medical options near campus, be prudent about your health; make sure to eat healthy, exercise often and get plenty of sleep. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated on hot days.

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