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NIU Board of Trustees approves contract with Northwestern Medicine for student healthcare

November 16, 2018

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University entered into an agreement to have Northwestern Medicine manage the university’s health services.

The NIU Board of Trustees voted unanimously in a special meeting Thursday to support the agreement. Northwestern Medicine will manage NIU’s campus clinic starting Jan. 15.

Services will include outpatient healthcare similar to that at an urgent care facility or primary care physician’s office. No current services will be cut, but some will be added with the new partnership. Walk-in service also will be available, as opposed to the appointment-only model currently in place.

Starting in August 2019, another innovation included in the agreement is the ability for students to receive the services available to them on campus at Northwestern Medicine clinics in Chicago and Naperville.

NIU will pay Northwestern Medicine $1.9 million a year and use funds from the Student Health Fee assessed to students on a per-credit-hour basis for the payment. That fee is proposed to be reduced about 5 percent for the next academic year and also would include a savings of about $400,000 a year for the university.

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