Close Up partners with several leading healthcare providers, including Georgetown University Children’s Medical Center (GUCMC) to ensure that students have access to quality health care should they get sick while on program. There are 911 emergency services are available around the clock — from when our program starts until it ends. Fortunately, our program activities and the hotel’s students are housed close to a number of excellent hospitals. Thus, help is usually not far away.
For a non-911 situation, typically we will be in contact with a triage nurse at GUCMC to determine what course of action to take. In some cases, we will transport the student to GUCMC for diagnosis and treatment. Their hours are Mon-Thurs 8AM-7PM, Friday 9AM-6PM, and Saturday 9AM to noon. If treatment is required outside these hours, GUCMC maintains a pediatric doctor on-call who will assist and make appropriate referrals. In other cases, a student might simply drink fluids and rest in her or his hotel room under the periodic supervision of Close Up staff.
As an added precaution, Close Up program staff is trained in CPR, AED, and First Aid. We also maintain a dedicated staffer on each program to assist students who are ill. Typically, this assistance includes accompanying them when they’re taken for medical treatment, waiting with them at the facility while they’re being treated, and accompanying them back to the hotel. Close Up, along with the trip coordinator will work together to ensure that students get timely access to quality health care should the need arise while on a program. We have dedicated staff members to stay with any students that are not able to participate.