Health Services is part of the Wellness Center at Simon's Rock, which also includes Counseling Services, reflecting our integrated approach to student care. Our mission is to enhance the academic environment of the college by making quality medical services available to students.
Our staff of experienced nurses, nurse practitioner, and doctors is available to help students maintain optimum health while attending Simon's Rock. We offer support and education to students, allowing them to transition from living at home to living apart from family and helping them access healthcare.
Physicians are available for appointments one afternoon a week. Referrals to the doctor's office can be arranged through Student Health Services. No problem or health concern is too small, we encourage all students to stop by and learn what we have to offer. If necessary, transportation to off-campus appointments will be arranged through the local taxi company and the charge will be billed home.
Simon's Rock's Student Health Services provides a wide range of services:
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Student Health Services is staffed with one full-time nurse practitioner, three full-time registered nurses, and a physician one afternoon per week. All Health Services staff are fully licensed and regularly attend regional and national college health conferences to stay up-to-date on current college health trends, issues, and education.
Health Services Staff
Emergency services are available to students through Fairview Hospital at 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington. It's approximately a 5 minute drive from the campus. To contact emergency services, call 0 or extension 7291. If there is no answer, call 911, then notify Security at extension 7291 or an RD.
Emergency responders from off campus need to be met and led to the person or area of the emergency.
It is a policy of Bard College at Simon's Rock that parents/guardians will be notified of any Emergency Room admission or hospitalization with the exception of sexual assault of a student over the age of eighteen.
Nurses are on call, with physician backup, nights and weekends during the school year for urgent medical care needs. The nurse on call can be contacted through Security at ext 7291 or the Resident Director on call.
Privacy of your health information is one of our top priorities. Other than as described in Exceptions to Confidentiality, no one outside of health services staff will have access to your medical information including parents, faculty, student life staff, other students, or school administration without a student's explicit, written permission. To maintain continuity of care, all Health Services personnel will have access to your medical record. If you are referred to a medical provider outside of Health Services, medical information regarding the specific referral will be shared with the outside provider. Basic medical information will be shared with insurance companies to facilitate billing. If the student and provider deem it necessary to share medical information with someone outside of Health Services, this includes Counseling Services, a student will be asked to sign an authorization form to release the information. Voide mail and email communications to students will not include personal health information to maintain privacy.
Exceptions to Confidentiality
There are some exceptions to confidentiality. In situations in which there is evidence of a threat to oneself or another, the medical staff is required to take action/disclose information to protect the person at the risk of harm. When there is information about, or strong suspicions of physical or sexual abuse or neglect of a minor, this must be reported to the Department of Social Services. In certain legal situations, including court order, a medical provider may be required to disclose information. In addition, any time a student is admitted to the Emergency Room, the medical staff will contact the student's parents. This is a policy of Bard College at Simon's Rock and is in the student handbook.
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All students who choose to purchase the Student Health Insurance plan, offered by the college, are eligible for medical and counseling services through the Counseling and Health Service office. See the Student Health Insurance Brochure.
Students who have requested and received a “waiver” to opt out of the Student Health Insurance plan, may be seen at the health office for evaluation and supportive care, until your parent/guardian or medical provider can be reached.
Rationale for the College’s required Student Health Services fee
All students enrolled are required to pay the Student Health Services fee, which includes access to the College’s on-campus walk-in clinic, counseling service, and the 24/7 emergency staff that includes access to the College’s contract pediatric service, as well as the University Health Plan insurance. While the College understands the desire families have to reduce their daughter or son’s bill and their belief that this service may be redundant if they already have a family policy that covers their child, it requires all students to pay this fee for two major reasons.
First, our students are younger when they arrive on campus than most and often have not yet managed their own healthcare needs. Mom or Dad has usually been with them when they needed care. Our fee covers more than just the usual college or university medical care. By paying this fee, our students receive walk-in access to both our Health and Counseling Services staff. These staff members (licensed counselors and nurses or nurse practitioners supervised by contracted physicians) are available during business hours Monday through Friday and are on-call around the clock in the event our students need help, support, or follow-up attention.
Second, over the years, students and their parents/guardians have told us, usually after the fact, that they/their child needed help or support at one time or another but chose not to seek health advice or treatment because they were not covered on the College's (formerly optional) plan. In these instances, students wanted to seek counseling support or see one of our nurses about personal issues. After hearing this concern frequently, the College felt compelled to address it because of the impact on the student's well-being.
Great Barrington is a rural area, and while there is a small local hospital less than two miles down the road, sixteen- and seventeen year-olds are often intimidated and overwhelmed when facing a serious personal problem or emergency, alone. Further, many adolescents are less likely to follow up properly if they must manage their health on their own. Instead of doing so, they take risks with their recovery. Our staff is diligent about taking care of students and, in addition, is available to parents (in compliance with HIPPA regulations). Events can be as minor as a sore throat, stitches, or a twisted ankle or something much more concerning. Our staff members know the resources, have the working relationships with local care providers, and will get students the proper treatment in the absence of parents. We understand that having to pay another required fee may seem excessive, but we hope this explanation clarifies the matter.
Student Health Services does not issue medical excuses for missed classes. Students are responsible for contacting their faculty if too ill to attend class. The Academic attendance policy can be found in the Student Handbook.