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The Division of Student Affairs welcomes Libby Greaney, the new executive director of University Health and Recreation Services, effective Feb. 14.
Greaney's appointment brings more than 24 years of experience in health, recreation, wellness and management. She served for the past 10 years as director of health services at Western Kentucky University. Greaney earned her doctorate of educational leadership and organizational development at University of Louisville. She also holds a master of business administration and master of health care administration, both from Western Kentucky, a master of exercise science from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor of science in health education from the University of Vermont. The executive director of University Health and Recreation Services is responsible for providing comprehensive patient programs and services that protect and promote the health of university community members, including direction of the assessment and monitoring of campus health issues. Greaney leads a diverse staff that provides medical and counseling services, fitness, aquatic and outdoor programs, wellness and membership services, injury prevention and care, and facilities management.
Libby Greaney , Western's health center director , said the patient , a freshman , has not had the common symptoms of the disease and has not been diagnosed with it.Her parents have requested her name not be released.Meningitis was found in her blood , Greaney said.Though the woman didn't have symptoms , she was still considered contagious.Health officials are taking the same preventative measures to keep the disease from spreading as they would in the case of a diagnosis , Greaney said.This really is under control , Greaney said.We're following the proper protocol for the very few people that need treatment..Greaney said her staff is trying to educate students to avoid a mad rush to the clinic for unnecessary treatment.The clinic staff will get out the information about meningitis transmission , and will then evaluate and treat the students that are concerned , Greaney said.The panic that gripped campus after Shults' diagnosis was unwarranted , Greaney said.She hopes to alleviate unnecessary concerns this time around , she said.Meningitis led to the death of 34-year-old Bowling Green City Commissioner Mark Oval Black in February.Black , a Western alumnus , was elected to the position last fall.He entered the hospital Dec. 28 and was sworn into office on his hospital bed Jan. 1.He was diagnosed with non-contagious meningitis , suffered a stroke and later had surgery for a stomach ulcer.He died Feb. 5.Last week , a Vanderbilt University student was hospitalized for bacterial meningitis.It was the first case there since 1997.The student had returned to stable condition this weekend.As a precaution , 150 doses of antibiotics were given to people who were in close contact with her.
"The CDC supplied us with 20 percent of our order," said Libby Greaney, Western's Health Services director."The important thing to remember is they are in a very limited supply."Greaney said the service will strictly follow CDC guidelines for administering the vaccine to only high-risk patients.
Chaired by Libby Greaney, MHA, MBA, Director, University of Western Kentucky Health Services
"Our difficulty in offering only a group rated insurance program was that voluntary enrollment was not enough to sustain it," said Western Kentucky University's Health Services Director Libby Greaney.
According to Greaney, more and more schools are realizing the benefits of opening their health centers up to commercial plans, and taking a similar approach to WKU's. "People are beginning to see the need. They are talking about it and addressing it," she said. "Those in college health who are resistant to the idea may be viewed as 'old school' if they do not embrace the concept." "More and more senior vice presidents at colleges are hearing about this approach, and are giving the directive to their health centers. I would encourage health center staff to be more in the driver's seat." But Greaney also recognizes a natural conundrum. Although accepting commercial insurance carriers might seem overwhelming, Greaney offers a bit of advice to other health center directors who are considering it: "Start small, and utilize the resources that are available to you," she said. "Namely, people who have gone through this either in college health or out in the community."