health center

Martin Health Center

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Open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

860-945-7762
860-945-7766 (fax)
HealthCenter@taftschool.org

The Martin Health Center, located on the ground floor of Congdon House, is a 13-bed infirmary, inspected and licensed biannually by the State of Connecticut. It is open 24 hours/day, seven days/week when school is in session. The Health Center staff is dedicated to the belief that students must maintain a healthy and balanced life in order to reap the benefits of a Taft School education. Our goal as allied health-care professionals is to provide excellent primary health care in order to maximize students’ ability to participate fully in the activities of boarding school life.

Taft is committed to educating the whole student. The mission of the Health Center is to promote and maintain the good health of students by modifying or removing health-related barriers to learning. The dedicated staff is a competent and concerned group of medical professionals with extensive experience working with adolescents who hope to teach students to make informed and mature decisions about their health.

While adolescence is a time when young people are asserting their independence, we recognize that parents are still an extremely important part of their child’s life. We know that receiving a call that your child is sick or injured can be most upsetting. It is our hope that parents will participate fully in making important decisions concerning the health education and well-being of their children. We strive to establish and maintain effective communication between students, parents and the Health Center staff.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions page, or download a copy of the Health Center Handbook.

Athletic Training

Athletic Training Program (click here for more information)

Counseling Services

Rachel Jacobs
B.A., Swarthmore College; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Director of Counseling and Community Health


Lauren W. Henry '99
B.A., Middlebury College; M.S.W., Columbia University
School Counselor


Jonas F. Katkavich
B.A., Trinity College; M.Ed., University of Maryland; Psy.D., Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
School Counselor

Local Hospitals and Pharmacy

St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury is used for emergency services. The main phone is 203-709-6000. The emergency department phone is 203-709-6004.

Waterbury Hospital services are also available. Phone 203-573-6290.

Health Complex Pharmacy delivers prescription medication to the health center. It is recommended that student insurance information be on file there. Phone: 860-274-8816.

Health Insurance

The Taft School requires that all students have health insurance coverage that is accepted in the state of Connecticut and therefore requires that students confirm their coverage under their existing plan of insurance or, if they do not have any existing insurance, obtain such coverage. Students arriving without adequate insurance will be assigned cost-effective coverage and billed accordingly.

Families are responsible for all medical expenses including, but not limited to, prescriptions, laboratory charges, orthopedic supplies and treatment and services provided outside the Martin Health Center. A fee is also charged for transportation to medical/dental facilities outside the school.

Immunizations

Detailed immunization records and proof of tuberculin screening is required for all new students.

  1. TWO MMR (measles-mumps-rubella vaccines)
  2. Tetanus/Diptheria series plus booster within 10 years
  3. Polio series with booster after age 4
  4. Hepatitis B (series of 3)
  5. Varicella (date of chickenpox illness or vaccine)
  6. Menactra (meningitis vaccine)
  7. TB test within one year of entering Taft

Returning students to Taft must complete the "returning student medical form" plus update any additional information including changes in addresses and insurance information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Martin Health Center Staff


Diane Fountas
Director of the Martin Health Center
860-945-7762


Suerette Bailey
Registered Nurse
860-945-7762


Victoria Barnes
Registered Nurse
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Ingrid Buswell
Registered Nurse
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Beth DeFiore
Registered Nurse
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Riann Duffy
Registered Nurse
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Anna Fenn
Registered Nurse
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Meredith Fontaine
Administrative Assistant to the Health Center
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Lea Hogrefe
Registered Nurse
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Sheri Masotta
Assistant Director of Nursing
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Joan Palladino
Registered Nurse
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Kristina Rosado
Registered Nurse
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Ann Salvatore
Registered Nurse
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Gail Snow
Registered Nurse
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