Kennesaw State University to outsource student health services to WellStar Medical Group
New contract established to improve health services for students; Dr. Megan Bowles
(Jan 7, 2014) —
KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 7, 2014) — Kennesaw State University officials announced today they have contracted with the
WellStar Medical Group to operate the university’s Student Health Services, effective
The transition of the clinics will be completely under WellStar’s management by the
end of March 2014.
Student Health Services at Kennesaw State includes three health care facilities that
provide KSU students with the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, mental health
support, disease prevention and health promotion. The three facilities handle 20,000
patient visits each year.
Kennesaw State Vice President for Operations Randy Hinds said, “By partnering with
a large and well-regarded health system, we instantly have access to expertise and
resources that will help us to increase both quality and efficiency. This provides
a wonderful opportunity to ensure that our students have access to the best health
The transition will not affect existing appointments, and many of the current staff
are expected to remain as part of the WellStar team. In addition, the locations and
hours of the student health clinics will remain the same.
“WellStar is pleased to have been chosen by Kennesaw State University to deliver world-class
care to their students,” said Ellen Langford, senior vice president and chief operating
officer of the WellStar Medical Group. “We are excited about KSU’s future and WellStar’s
ability to further KSU’s progress.” Langford is a Kennesaw State graduate, earning
both her nursing degree and MBA from KSU.
Dr. Megan Bowles has been hired as the new clinic’s medical director. Bowles is board-certified
in internal medicine and currently practices family medicine with the WellStar Medical
Group. She received her medical degree from Georgetown University Medical Center and
completed her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Bowles has previously
served as a student health physician at the Vanderbilt University Student Health Center.
“I am excited to return to a practice I enjoy, and I look forward to contributing
to the health of the KSU community,” said Bowles.
The WellStar Medical Group, part of the nonprofit WellStar Health System, includes
more than 600 medical providers in more than 30 specialties in over 100 locations.
KSU’s WellStar College of Health and Human Services was named in recognition of WellStar’s
support to the University.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90
graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and
nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University
System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with
a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.