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Health Services in Punxsutawney

  • Be prepared to manage your health away from home! Talk with your parents about your medical history and health insurance before you leave for school.

    Be sure to bring all insurance and prescription plan information with you to school. If you do become ill when you are at school in Punxsutawney, here are the health services available in the area:

    Emergency Medical Care

    Punxsutawney Area Hospital

    • Fully staffed emergency department, open 24/7
    • Easy Access: Located less than three miles from the IUP at Punxsutawney campus and the Academy of Culinary Arts

    Ambulance Service

    • Jefferson County Ambulance service will transport any student to the hospital from any location in Punxsutawney. Call 911 any time of the day or night.
    • No out-of-pocket expenses to the student or family for Jefferson County Ambulance service. (The university has a contract with this ambulance company to provide service; insurance may be asked to supplement the cost of the transportation.)

    Non-Emergency Medical Care

    • Many private physician offices in the Punxsutawney area will see students.
    • Private physicians operate either with a health insurance network or by personal payment.
    • Primary Health Network is a federally-funded health care program allowing services to be offered at a sliding fee scale. Patients are accepted regardless of their insurance or financial status. To learn more, visit Primary Health Network (select Jefferson County) or call 814-938-3310.
    • The Punxsy QCare is a walk-in clinic through Penn Highlands Health Care. The facility is located at 551 W Mahoning Street, Punxsutawney, Pa. in the Punxsy Plaza. The hours of operation are Monday–Saturday 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., and Sundays from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. For more information, call 814-249-7001.

    Find a Doctor

    Here are two directories to help you find local health care providers:

    Additional Medical Services

    Dentists, pharmacies, family planning, mental health, chiropractic, and other services are available in town.

    BBH’s Counseling Services is located in the PNC Bank Building at 200 E Mahoning St, second Floor, Punxsutawney, Pa. For more information, call 814-618-5829.

    Punxsutawney also has a Pennsylvania Department of Health office and a Community Action office.

    The Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce lists local health care provider members. (This is a good site for contact information, addresses, and phone numbers of some of the offices that provide health care.)

    Prescription Medicines

    Prescription medicines can be obtained by using local pharmacies:

    Medicine Shoppe, Inc.
    132 West Mahoning Street
    Punxsutawney, PA 15767

    Punxsutawney Hometown Pharmacy
    203 North Hampton Ave
    Punxsutawney PA, 15767

    Rite Aid
    201 West Mahoning Street
    Punxsutawney, PA 15767-1918
    (814) 938-9161

    Wal-Mart Supercenter
    21920 Route 119
    Punxsutawney, PA 15767

    Students can have over-the-counter medicines and cough and cold supplies in their room in case of minor illness, and can have prescription meds in their possession with the appropriate labeling.


    • All students are encouraged to have personal health insurance for off-campus medical services such as doctor visits, lab work, x-rays, prescriptions, and emergency room visits.
    • Check with your insurance provider to see if the services you need are covered away from home.
    • Insurance carriers can give lists of local providers that participate in your network. Sometimes they can give an “out of network” card to access healthcare when away from home.
    • Information about student health insurance and other health related information can be found on the IUP Health Service web pages.

    Health Service on the Indiana Campus

    The IUP Indiana campus operates a Health Service clinic for minor illness and injuries. It is staffed by doctors, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses who specialize in caring for college students.

    • Open for walk-in care Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Students from the Punxsutawney campus are eligible to be seen.
    • No money is needed at the time of the visit; however, charges are posted to the student’s IUP account.
    • No insurance is accepted at the campus Health Service.

    Do you need additional assistance?

    Contact the IUP at Punxsutawney Dean’s Office or the Culinary Admissions office. We will help you with your questions and find resources for services not covered here.