Photos: Colonial Health Center’s grand opening

Photos by Katie Causey | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The University unveiled the new Student Health Service and University Counseling Center location in the Marvin Center during an opening ceremony Wednesday.

The center opened this month, just over a year after Julia Susuni, the former president of the Student Association, pushed officials to move the health offices to campus.

During the ceremony, SA President Nick Gumas announced that a peer counseling program, an initiative that he campaigned on, had earned approval from University President Steven Knapp.


University President Stephen Knapp thanked faculty, staff and student leaders who helped move Student Health Service and the University Counseling Center to their new location in the Marvin Center.


Student Association President Nick Gumas and University President Stephen Knapp symbolically open the doors to the new Colonial Health Center. The center, which accepted its first patient before classes began, hosted tours for students and faculty Wednesday.


To provide students more privacy, the health center’s designers included elements like high-back chairs in the waiting room. Officials also plan to install a white noise machine.


Lynn Goldman, dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health, signs on to a new campus initiative to maintain a healthier GW. Attendees of the ceremony were encouraged to make a commitment to the University initiative.


The number of exams rooms in the new location are double the number that were available in Student Health Service’s old K Street office.


Student Association President Nick Gumas is examined by a clinician in one of the health center’s exam rooms. Gumas, who announced the University’s approval of a peer-support program during the opening ceremony, said he was excited to offer the new amenities to GW students.


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