New Campus Care medical director to focus on
education, improving health care for Ohio students
OHIO — April 18, 2012)
J. Kemerer, D.O., the new medical director
of Campus Care, wants to move beyond treating Ohio University
students when they’re sick. He sees lifelong health education as one
of the most exciting job duties of the Campus Care director.
“The word doctor is from the Latin ‘doceō,’ which
means ‘I teach,’ and part of our job should always be to teach our
patients,” Dr. Kemerer said. “In this case, we're trying to educate
the students on how to take better care of themselves and prevent
One way he intends to reach students is by using
Twitter to share news about campus health care issues. Dr. Kemerer
is no stranger to Twitter, since he and his wife, Kay, have five
Students can find his health care tweets by following
Dr. Kemerer brings 21 years of experience in medicine
to Campus Care, the recently revitalized student health services for
Ohio University students.
Jack Brose, D.O.,
executive dean for health affairs at Ohio University and dean of the
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, said Dr.
Kemerer would continue the process that started in 2010 of making
Campus Care a first-class health care center for students.
“Dr. Kemerer is very personable and has excellent
communication and management skills,” Dr. Brose said. “Having Dr.
Kemerer in Campus Care will provide strong administrative support
while making available an additional health care provider. This will
build on Campus Care’s recent successes in providing outstanding
acute and chronic care with significantly shorter wait times.”
In August 2010, OU-HCOM assumed responsibility for
student health services from the Division of Student Affairs. The
college then contracted with University Medical Associates (UMA), a
not-for-profit health care organization that serves as the faculty
practice plan for OU-HCOM, to redevelop and manage student health
Steven Davies, CEO of UMA, explained that the
advisory committee for Campus Care identified a medical director
position as a pivotal leadership addition that would be necessary
for the improvement of student medical care and health services.
“Adding a high-quality physician and medical director
like Dr. Kemerer to our already outstanding team of health care
providers at Campus Care will help us ensure that we continue to
provide quality and affordable medical care to the Ohio University
Dr. Kemerer has owned and operated the Valley Urgent
Care in Saginaw, Mich., since 1992. His experience will help him
improve Campus Care, which also functions as an urgent care unit for
students, according to Davies. Dr. Kemerer spent three years as a
staff physician in dermatology in Lansing, Mich., while launching
the urgent care center. Previously, he worked at an emergency
department at Bay Medical Center and as a staff physician at Red-Med
in Bay City, Mich.
“Dr. Kemerer’s medical practice experience fits
extremely well with the setting we have at Campus Care. It is a
fast-paced, high volume environment with a very wide variety of
medical needs being served,” Davies said.
Campus Care is often the first place where students
will experience a health care system on their own without their
parents, said Dr. Kemerer. He is passionate about students having
excellent health care experiences. “It’s important to make the
process simple and easy,” he said.
In January, Dr. Kemerer attended the
house for Campus Care’s newly renovated facility.
The facility now features 22 additional patient rooms, new waiting
areas, and private check-in and registration desks.
In addition to his duties as director of Campus Care,
Dr. Kemerer will serve as an assistant professor in the Department
of Family Medicine at OU-HCOM. Previously, he was a clinical
preceptor at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
since 2003 and as an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State
University, East Lansing, Mich., since 2002.
He also recently received a commission as a major in
the United States Army Reserve Medical Department.