University Health Services cutting costs for budget shortfall

Liz Farmer

University Health Services has about $230,000 less for the 2011-12 budget than the current year’s budget, said Sherry Bell, senior program coordinator for University Health Services.

Bell said the department has been preparing for potential budget cuts for the past few years.

“We were looking down the road to prepare,” Bell said.

UHS is saving money by moving toward an electronic health record system, a centralized check-in system and a piloted online appointment system, she said. Each of these reduces the amount of staff needed to run UHS.

Donna Bellinghausen, associate vice president for student affairs, declined to comment due to the complexity of the topic.