The first infirmary at the Clarion State College was located in Egbert Hall. The infirmary was directed by Edward Keeling M.D. Dr. Keeling continued his employment at the health center during the administration of Presidents Riemer, Chandler, and Gemmell. During this time frame the student population grew from 600 to 4,000 students In 1969, Dr. Larry Gilford became director of the health services until his retirement on December 28, 1990. During this time frame the student population grew from 4,000 to 6,000.
A new building was constructed in 1971 on the corner of Wood Street and Wilson Avenue. The health center was named the Edward Keeling Health Center. The 24-hour combined infirmary and out-patient clinic was 15,700 square feet in size, and cost $792,181. In the mid 1980s the health center's physical size was downsized to 7,600 square feet.
Since Dr. Gilford's retirement in 1990, the health center is no longer physician directed. The part-time physicians are contracted and act as medical directors. The administrative directors since that time have been master degree prepared personnel. Serving as directors since 1990 have been A. Dueshpohl, (nursing), E. Selker (nursing), R. Rice (Hospital Administration), S. Bornak (Certified Nurse Practitioner), and currently Interim Director J. McGee (Rehabilitative Science). These directors have brought their area of expertise to the Keeling Health Center to make changes for the better.
Currently, the physician coverage is provided by contract. Dr. Nicole Carroll, DO provides 9 hours of physician coverage per week. In order to provide adequate coverage for allergy injections, a physician is here both morning and afternoon hours.
Additionally, students are cared for by certified nurse practitioners who are on staff Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm. Four full time and two part-time registered nurses, one full time health educator, and one clerical comprise the staff of the Keeling Health Center.
In 1991 and 1998 the operating hours at the Keeling Health Center were reduced. The health center is currently open from 8:30am - 5pm, Monday through Friday. At the present time it is an out-patient clinic only. This increased cost effectiveness has enabled the staff to be utilized during peak hours and days. In December 1998, the physical size of the health center was decreased to 3,850 square feet. The other 11,555 square feet of the Keeling Health Center building now houses the Speech Pathology Department.
Finally, in December of 2001, the Keeling Health Center received a 3 year accreditation by the AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care), after meeting rigorous standards in 24 health related areas. Nationwide, less than 150 university health centers have met the standards to receive this accreditation. The health center was able to achieve re-accreditation on October 30, 2013.