Student Health Center

at The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness

  • Saint Francis
  • Contact Us / Hours of Operation

    Phone: 814-472-3008

    Fax: 814-472-3905

    If possible, please call ahead for an appointment.  If you have an emergency, call 911.

    Office Hours

    Monday-Thursday 7:30am-5:00pm

    5:00pm-6:00pm by Appointment Only

    Friday 7:30am-4:00pm

    Call for Availability During the Summer

  • Stay healthy. Go far.

    The Student Health Center (SHC) at Saint Francis University is located on the ground floor of the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness.  The Health Center is staffed by a part-time physician, registered nurses and a medical assistant.  The Student Health Center works closely with the Counseling Center as well as the Center for Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, and Exercise Physiology departments to promote health and wellness on the campus of SFU.  Most services are provided free of charge to students, however there may be charges for outside services or referrals.


    The Student Health Center primarily provides care and treatment for sudden, short term illness and injuries.  The SHC is not an urgent care facility.  The illnesses common to young adult college students include colds, sinus infections, stomach viruses, urinary tract infections, pink eye, rashes and sprains.  Students who have more severe illnesses, injuries that need further evaluation or chronic medical problems may be referred back to their primary care doctor or to a specialist.


    Please explore the tabs below for further details on what we have to offer.  We look forward to helping you achieve health and wellness during your collegiate education here at Saint Francis University.


    Specific Services

    Acute illness and injury

    • This includes urinalysis testing, culture of wounds, culture for strep throat, blood glucose testing, mononucleosis screening, etc.
    • Medications including certain antibiotics; other prescription or over the counter (OTC)medications will be provided at no cost to the student if carried in the SHC pharmacy.  All other prescriptions written by the physician are fillable at any off-campus pharmacy and are the responsibility of the student to pay.  Delivery services are available from local pharmacies.
    • Any referrals deemed necessary by the physician will be set up by the staff of the SHC and will be made in as timely a manner as possible.  It is the student’s responsibility to cover any bills that insurance will not pay.
    • Some blood work is able to be done on site, however, all X-rays and other ancillary testing are performed off site and the responsibility of the student to obtain and pay.
    • Urine drug testing and pregnancy testing are also available.
    • Student Health Form and Immunization Record.

    First aid for minor injuries

    • May include referral to on-site Physical Therapy services
    • May include stabilization prior to transfer to an acute-care facility

    Allergy shots

    • These will be administered per protocol by the SHC RN and a script from the treating physician is required.
    • There is a fee per semester for administering these. Please call ahead for details.
    • Allergy Consent Form.

    TB testing

    • If positive and deemed an appropriate candidate for prophylactic treatment, this is available per protocol through the SHC under the guidance of the staff physician.

    Immunizations for foreign travel or to update vaccine schedules as needed

    Pre-travel counseling for service projects or semesters abroad

    • May include pre-travel vaccinations or medications

    Physical examinations

    • For athletes or prior to clinical rotations as needed

    The SHC is also available for SFU employees/staff for:

    • First-aid for minor injuries as noted above
    • Health screenings as announced by the university or the SHC 
    Our Staff

    Meet the staff available to help you.

    Medical Director: Christine Rohanna, DO

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                    Christine Rohanna is a native of Johnstown, PA.  She obtained her BS in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA.  She completed her internship and residency in Family Medicine at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, PA.  Specific interests in medicine include women and children’s health as well as use of Osteopathic Manipulation for assistance in the relief of common medical conditions.  She has presented nationally at the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and continues to support medical education.   She and her husband, Phil, reside in Ebensburg, PA with their two dogs.  In the time not spent at the hospital, the office, or the university she likes to play the piano, do needlepoint, and spend time with her family.

    Assistant Director: Karen McCabe, BSN, MHSc, RN

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                    Karen McCabe received her nursing degree from Conemaugh Hospital School of Nursing.  She received her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh and her MHSc degree from Saint Francis University.  She has been with the Student Health Center since 2000 and was previously employed by Conemaugh Hospital in the telemetry unit and home health.  She also was previously employed by Johnstown Pediatrics and Portage Area School District.  She resides in Portage with her husband Larry and is the mother of Brianne, Ashlee and Zachary and the grandmother of Reese.  Family time is what she enjoys most when not at Saint Francis University.

    Registered Nurse: Geri L. Cronauer, BSN, RN

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                    Geri received her nursing degree from Penn State University.  She was employed by Memorial Medical Center for over 25 years.  She resides in Portage with her husband Jim and their three children, Zachary, Sean, and Elizabeth.  She enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs, Belle and Clea.

    Medical Assistant: Sandra Rea, CMA

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                    Sandra Rea received her Associate of Science degree in Medical Assistant at Mount Aloysius College.  She is currently Certified by the Board of the America Association of Medical Assistants, Inc.  She was previously employed by Conemaugh Physicians Group in Carrolltown, PA for 16 years.  She resides in St. Boniface with her husband, Mike and dog, Rudy.  In her off time she enjoys going to Glendale Lake with her family, watching the Pittsburgh Pirates, and reading.

    Appointment and Excuse Policy 
    • Appointments may be made in advance by calling 472-3008.  Appointments are filled in a first-come, first-served manner and will be made as timely as possible.
    • Walk-in appointments are available on an as-needed basis in case of emergency during office hours.  If at all possible, an appointment is suggested, otherwise.
    • All efforts will be made to treat patients as much as possible on site.  However, as noted above, there may be times when an external referral is needed.  The SHC will try to work with the student’s insurance to refer to a covered provider.
    • Excuses are not directly given to students at the time of their visit due to privacy. However, if written permission is obtained from the student, their professor may contact the SHC and obtain information as to why the student was tardy or absent from class.  The professor then determines if the absence or tardiness was excusable.
    • Students must give written permission in order for parents to gain information about their illness or injury.
    • Director of Athletic Trainers will be notified if a student is missing practice due to an illness or injury.  He will notify the athlete’s coach.
    Medication Refill Policy
    • Refills of medications from the student’s hometown primary care provider (PCP) will not be given unless in case of emergency.  It is the student’s responsibility to maintain a current prescription that will get him or her through a semester.
    • The SHC will not provide more than one emergency refill of amphetamine-based ADHD medications, antidepressants, or anxiolytic medications and is at the discretion of the physician. 
    After Hours Access 
             We realize that not all illnesses and injuries happen during regular office hours.  For the times when medical assistance is needed outside of normal business hours or during weekends/holidays, the following options are available:

    Med Well, Ebensburg (Urgent Care)

    • 236 Jamesway Road, Ebensburg, PA 15931
    • Phone: (814) 472-7336
    • Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 7:00pm, Weekends 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Med Express (Urgent Care)

    • 1221 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
    • Phone: (814) 366-1138
    • Hours: Daily 9:00am - 9:00pm
    • 300 E Plank Road, Altoona, PA 16602
    • Phone: (814) 946-3801
    • Hours: Daily 9:00am - 9:00pm

    Miners Medical Center - Emergency Department

    • 290 Haida Avenue, Hastings, PA 16646

    UPMC Altoona - Emergency Department

    • 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601

    CPG St. Benedict (Primary Office of Dr. Rohanna)

    • 564 Theatre Road, Carrolltown, PA 15722
    • Phone: (814) 344-8477
    • Hours: Monday/Wednesday 7:30am - 5:00pm, Tuesday/Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm, Friday 7:30am - 3:30pm

             It should be noted that your insurance may not be accepted at these locations.  If scheduling an appointment, please ask in advance what charges may be incurred.

    Education and Certification
    • CPR certification is taught by Mrs. McCabe and is offered throughout the year during scheduled sessions and by appointment.  Please call the SHC for details.
    Records Release
    • Former students requesting copies of their SFU medical records can do so by completing the medical records release form and submitting it to the Student Health Center: A $5.00 processing fee (via credit card or a check made payable to Saint Francis University) is required prior to records being released.
    Policy and Privacy 
    Ask the Doctor
    • For any questions about health and wellness or college health issues, please feel free to contact Dr. Rohanna at