Tarleton State University’s new Wellness Center, home to Student Counseling and Student Health Services, celebrated its grand opening Thursday with a ribbon cutting and open house.

Part of Tarleton’s Division of Student Affairs, the center is now located on the first floor of Traditions North residence hall adjacent to Tarleton’s Recreation Sports Center.

The new Wellness Center replaces the former Student Health Services Center at the Barry B. Thompson Student Center, doubling its size to approximately 10,000 square feet and providing needed additional space for professional staff members assisting Tarleton students with their healthcare needs.

Since September 2017, Tarleton’s Student Health Services has served 6,558 student visits and experienced a 40 percent increase in client services from the previous year.

Tarleton’s combined Wellness Center provides care of acute illnesses, first-aid treatment of minor injuries, and the services of a medical doctor or nurse practitioner at specified times. Student Counseling Services provides a variety of free, confidential services for individuals and couples as well as clinical assessment and referrals, crisis management, psychiatric services, academic skills counseling and psychoeducational programming for Tarleton’s diverse student body.

The Wellness Center includes nine exam rooms, a hydration area and was constructed to include X-ray capabilities in the future. Student Health Services is staffed with six professionals while Student Counseling Services includes 10 staff and six graduate assistants to serve students.