The University of Virginia opened a health clinic Friday at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise to provide students, faculty and staff with access to healthcare on campus and through telemedicine links to the University’s physicians and specialists.

The UVA Student and Employee Health Wise Clinic is the first for the University Health System. The clinic is located in Cantrell Hall and includes a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, and a handful of support staff.

“We are excited that this new model will provide care to our students and our employees and their spouses,” Charlotte Perkins, UVA Health System corporate development officer said. “It is an honor to serve our Wise family.”

UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna P. Henry said the College at Wise is the fortunate beneficiary of the new clinic, which features world-renowned care and state-of-the-art technology on campus. The clinic will offer many health care opportunities for the campus, she said at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We can communicate in real time with primary care physicians and specialists in Charlottesville on a range of issues requiring their consultation,” Henry said. “Through telemedicine, we reduce days away from school or work, and we save time and money traveling to other facilities.”

Having convenient access to Virginia’s leading hospital is a plus, she added. UVA has been a leader in telehealth for many years, and the technology has been used through the UVa-Wise Healthy Appalachia Institute, Remote Area Medical and the Health Wagon.

“This clinic is a clear win in promoting the wellness of our students and employees,” Henry said.

Marcia A. Gilliam, chair of the UVa-Wise College Board, said the clinic will be a boost to productivity and wellness across the campus.

Elizabeth Cranwell, a member of the UVA Board of Visitors, said the clinic will enhance the quality of life on campus and will allow UVA Health System to further its mission of providing world-class health care across Virginia.

“It marks just the kind of collaboration between the University of Virginia and UVA’s College at Wise that demonstrates the symbiosis of the relationship between the two institutions,” Cranwell said.

Peter Valadez, a student ambassador and second year student at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, called the clinic innovative and necessary. He said it would also allow undergrads who are interested in the health care professions to gain from interactions with field professionals.

“With our new health clinic in place, this offers a world of opportunity to any UVa-Wise student,” Valadez said. “Coming from Northern Virginia, I personally saw a greater need for healthcare in the rural area that I now call home.”

After the ribbon cutting, the clinic was open for tours. It houses three examination rooms, a telemedicine room, and several medical staff and support staff offices.