New infirmary director looks for feedback

New Bennett Infirmary Director Kyrel Buchanan, a Florence native, works with other infirmary employees to provide healthcare to UNA students.

Dr. Kyrell Buchanan is the newest addition to Bennett Infirmary.

Buchanan, a Florence native, returned to her hometown after many years of education at out-of-state universities. She graduated from Coffee High School.

“I completed my undergraduate studies at Spelman College in Atlanta, my master’s degree at Emory University in Atlanta and my doctoral degree at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas,” she said.

Buchanan has worked at other schools during her career and says she is enjoying her time here at UNA.

“I previously worked at Emory University, The University of Alabama, Texas A&M University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham,” Buchanan said.

Buchanan said she is impressed with the quality of care at Bennett Infirmary, yet she is always looking for ways to improve health services.

“I would also love to hear from and partner with students regarding areas where we can improve student health and awareness,” Buchanan said.

Buchanan has many plans for the 2012-2013 school year and beyond, and she plans to strive continuously for student involvement in their own health.

“Our main priority is to ensure that our patients receive exceptional, high quality care that addresses their health needs,” Buchanan said.

Bennett Infirmary currently sees up to 40 to 50 students daily, Buchanan said.

“According to our data, students do use University Health Services at Bennett Infirmary,” Buchanan said. “We have received positive feedback regarding the care we provide, but are always looking for ways to improve.”

Buchanan said she is looking forward to her career at UNA working with “the great faculty, staff and administrators who are student-focused.”

“UNA also has some amazing students who have a desire to make great contributions to the world,” Buchanan said.

Buchanan had some words of wisdom for UNA students.

“In general, I think that students should enjoy their college years but do it responsibly and respectfully,” Buchanan said. “Think carefully about the decisions that you make right now, especially health decisions, because they could impact you for the rest of your life. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it. There are many resources on campus, including Health Services, that will get you the help that you need.”