Dec. 12, 2016 — Northfield Mount Hermon has hired Sara Rourke, MD, a Greenfield, Mass., doctor and a 1994 alumna of NMH, to be its new school physician and director of medicine. In addition to providing medical care to the school’s 650 students, she, in collaboration with the director of counseling, will oversee NMH’s O’Connor Health and Wellness Center, which employs a team of 14 health care professionals who provide comprehensive medical and counseling services to students 24 hours a day.
A graduate of Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Rourke brings a wealth of experience to the position. For the last six years, she has served as the medical director and a primary care physician at Greenfield Family Medicine, where, in addition to providing patient care, she oversaw a team of five physicians, three nurse practitioners, and a physician’s assistant. She also designed and implemented wellness plans emphasizing preventative care and the management of chronic diseases and psychiatric disorders.
Rourke currently serves as president of the Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Medical Executive Committee and is a member of the Baystate Medical Practice’s peer-elected governance board.
“I am thrilled to have Sara Rourke and her family join the NMH community,” said NMH Dean of Students Nicole Hager, who spearheaded the search for a new school physician. “Sara has a reputation as a caring and compassionate provider, as well as a capable and experienced manager. As a graduate of NMH, she knows who we are and what we stand for, particularly regarding the priority we place on caring for our students. She is eager to be part of an outstanding health center team, and we can’t wait to begin our work with her."
Rourke is expected to begin her new position in March 2017. Until then, the school’s health care program will continue under the supervision of interim school physician Dr. Sohail Waien.
“I'm very excited about this opportunity to join the faculty of a school that has always held a special place in my heart,” said Rourke. “As an alum of NMH, I have a full appreciation for its mission and its culture, and I look forward to working with the entire health care team to ensure we are doing all we can to promote the health and well-being of all NMH students. In addition, my husband and daughters are looking forward to joining the community.”
Rourke will help develop and implement student care standards, policies, and procedures, and she will help reimagine the health center’s organizational structure to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Those efforts will expand the work done last year by NMH’s Health and Wellness Task Force, which developed a plan to integrate further the school’s health and wellness programs and services.
“Creating a sustainable, campus-wide culture of wellness at NMH is a key component of our 2020 Strategic Plan,” said Associate Head of School Charles A. Tierney. “The task force generated some wonderful ideas for how we can do that, and we look forward to the work ahead with our talented health-services team and our full faculty to bring those ideas to fruition.”
Rourke will join the NMH community with her husband, Jamie, and their two daughters.