HPU To Become One Of Three Private NC Schools With Full-Time Medical Doctor Leading Student Health Center

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 9, 2011 – High Point University has announced that Dr. Danielle Mahaffey will serve as the university’s medical director of the on-campus student health center. The appointment makes her the first ever full-time medical doctor at the university, and also makes HPU ? along with Duke and Wake Forest ? one of only three private universities in the state to have a full-time medical doctor as director of the student health center. Mahaffey initially began serving as HPU?s part-time medical director in 2008. Beginning in July, she?ll be on campus full time.

“The health and safety of our students is our number one priority,” says Chris Dudley, vice president and chief of staff at HPU. “Having a full-time physician will be an enormous benefit to our students.”

Mahaffey, who has been with Cornerstone?s High Point Family Practice since 2004, brings years of medical practice with her to campus. She earned a Doctorate of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine, and a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University. She previously served as a physician at Eagle Family Medicine at Battleground and Urgent Care in Greensboro. She currently volunteers at the Community Clinic of High Point.

“My primary focus will be to ensure the health and well-being of HPU students,” Mahaffey says. “In the fall 2011 semester, we have exciting initiatives planned to improve health care service, and will also introduce many health education initiatives.”

Mahaffey’s full-time appointment extends HPU?s partnership with Cornerstone Health Care. Dr. John Walker, Chief Medical Officer for Cornerstone Health Care, says that both HPU and Cornerstone strive to reach the same goal ? excellence.

“We see HPU?s decision to work with Cornerstone and have Dr. Mahaffey in the center full time as being in perfect alignment with Cornerstone,” Walker says. “HPU desires to give their students an extraordinary experience, and Cornerstone and Dr. Mahaffey strive to deliver extraordinary patient care.”

Walker says that in addition to Student Health Service, Cornerstone is the Official Medical Home of HPU Athletics, and Cornerstone physicians staff the university?s needs for sports medicine.

The partnership between the two is a perfect match, as there are future plans for Cornerstone to support HPU in the development of the health care workforce of the future by assisting the university in developing the School of Health Sciences.

“In fact, we have committed to placing our Electronic Health Record in HPU’s School of Health Sciences, so that students can learn how to utilize an electronic record, allowing them to be ahead of their peers in the use of technology in medicine,” Walker adds.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu. 

Chris Dudley

Vice President and Chief of Staff

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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