Medical Care


The Health and Wellness Center is staffed by nurses around the clock while school is in session, so someone is ready to help whenever you need it. Medical providers are available for urgent or routine appointments weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm, and are always on call.

Our 14 beds in seven rooms provide space if you need a respite during the day or are admitted overnight for medical or emotional care.

Medical PROVIDERS

  • Sara Rourke, MD ’94, director of medicine
  • Tiffany Doyle, MSN, NP-BC

Nursing Staff

  • Gail Powers, director of nursing
  • Patti Morrill, RN
  • Gina Onushco, RN, medication nurse
  • Danielle Perry, RN
  • Tonya Talbot, RN, care coordination nurse
  • Deb Martel, LPN
  • Meg Palmer, LPN

Office Staff

  • Kim Geer-Curtiss, office manager

athletic trainers

  • Wendy Young, MA, ATC
  • Jesse Potter, MS, ATC

FAQs

If my student needs emergency care, where do they go?

If a student needs emergency are, our paramedic service brings them to Baystate Franklin Medical Center Emergency Room in nearby Greenfield.

How does my student make an appointment?

Stop by the Health and Wellness Center in person, phone 413-498-3407, or email health_center_nurses@nmhschool.org.

Does my student need an appointment to be seen?

Nurses are available 24/7 to see students without appointments. During the weekdays, Dr. Rourke and Tiffany Doyle, NP, are available to see students with appointments and those with urgent needs.

My student takes over-the-counter medications. How is this handled?

We discourage students from bringing over-the-counter medications to school. However, if families choose to send students to school with medications, it is important to review with them how to take and store the medications safely. Please review our policy as listed in the NMH Rules and Policies Handbook for additional details.

The Health and Wellness Center is stocked with most over-the-counter medications that your student may need, and will dispense single doses as appropriate.

Nurses are readily available to answer any questions.

What about prescription medications?

All prescriptions should be updated at the Health and Wellness Center with nursing, who can confirm if the medication can be kept in the student's room or at the Health and Wellness Center. If the medication can be kept in the student's room, nursing will confirm that the student understands how to take and store the medication correctly.

All psychotropic medications (antidepressants, anxiolytics, ADD/ADHD medications, etc.) and controlled substances such as pain medications must be brought to the Health and Wellness Center, where it will be held and dispensed on a daily basis.

What happens if the mailroom receives a package from a pharmacy?

Any packages received in the mailroom from a pharmacy or packages that are suspected of containing medication are sent to the Health and Wellness Center and the student is notified that a package is waiting for them. Students are asked to open the packages in the presence of a nurse. (If there is anything suspicious, it is reviewed by a medical provider.) This also allows the nurses opportunity to educate the student on the medication/supplement/vitamin and ensure that they are using and storing it safely.

Details on the school’s policies on medications are in the NMH Rules and Policies Handbook.

Can my day student be seen at the Health and Wellness Center?

Day students are seen for urgent same-day needs. Chronic issues should be handled by a student’s primary care physician.

Are lab tests and x-rays done on site?

If your student needs labs done while at school, our nurses draw them and they are sent to Baystate Reference Lab to be processed.

Routine and urgent x-rays are done at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. The Health and Wellness Center staff will arrange transportation for your student.

What if my student needs to see a specialist?

Most of our consulting providers are in the Greenfield area, but occasionally we use providers in the Northampton, Amherst, and Springfield areas. Please contact Tonya Talbot to schedule an appointment with a specialist.

Are parents informed that their student was treated at the Health and Wellness Center?

We encourage our students to communicate with their parents when they are seen. In the event of a major illness or an acute event, parents are notified. Families can also call the nurse on duty at any time, day or night, to get an update on their student.

Does NMH offer sports medicine support?

Yes. Our medical providers work closely with NMH's certified athletic trainers. Our athletic trainers are available to see students in the Trainer's Room where they treat the vast majority of sports related injuries. In addition, we work with Baystate Sports Medicine for more serious injuries.

We discourage students from bringing over-the-counter medications to school. However, if families choose to send students to school with medications, it is important to review with them how to take and store the medications safely. Please review our policy as listed in the NMH Rules and Policies Handbook for additional details.

The Health and Wellness Center is stocked with most over-the-counter medications that your student may need, and will dispense single doses as appropriate.

Nurses are readily available to answer any questions.

Get in touch with us

O’Connor Health and Wellness Center
Phone 413-498-3407
Fax 413-498-3147

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