Medical Emergencies: In a life threatening emergency, if on campus call Public Safety at 617-521-1111; if off campus, call 911.
Medical Staff On-Call: For non-emergency medical concerns when the Health Center is closed, you can reach the medical staff on-call by contacting The Department of Public Safety at 617-521-1112 if you are off campus or the on-call residence director if you live on campus.
Simmons Health Center
The Simmons College Health Center is located on the Residence Campus at 94 Pilgrim Road. The staff at the Health Center includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and a part-time nutritionist. All Health Center physicians are board certified and have teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. If you have any questions about health services, or wish to speak to a clinician, please call 617-521-1020
Confidentiality: The Health Center is committed to maintaining the privacy of students who visit the Health Center. No medical records or other health information about a student is released by the Health Center to parents or any non-medical personnel, including College staff, without the student's express authorization, except as required by law. If you have any questions about privacy, please feel free to contact the administrative director at the Health Center.
Services and Hours: The Health Center offers a full range of primary care services including treatment for illness and injury, management of chronic illness such as asthma, and gynecological care including contraception. Immunizations and PPD (tuberculosis) testing and sports and nursing clearance are also available. During the academic year the Health Center is open for appointments weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 617-521-1020 for an appointment. The Health Center is closed weekends and holidays and is open for reduced hours during winter break and during the summer. An on-call health care provider is available by telephone at any time when the Health Center is closed. Select "Services Available" from the menu on our web site for more detail
Fees: Use of the Health Center is FREE at the time of visit for all undergraduates and for graduate students and Dix Scholars who live on campus, as these students have already paid an annual health fee of $750. (Some immunizations have additional charges.) Graduate students and Dix scholars living off-campus are welcome to use the Health Center as well, and may pay for care by electing to pay the student health fee for the year, by charging their visit to their insurance if they are enrolled in the College student health insurance plan, or by paying for service at the time of use if they have other insurance. For more information, see the "Fees" section of our web pages.
Insurance: State law in Massachusetts requires all full time undergraduate and graduate students, to have health insurance. This insurance, which is in addition to the student health fee, covers services that cannot be provided on campus, such as charges for prescription medication, laboratory tests, visits to the emergency room, or referral to community specialty providers such as dermatology or mental health providers. In order to meet the state's insurance requirement, all full-time Simmons students are automatically enrolled in the College's student health insurance plan (SHIP) at the beginning of the academic year. Students covered by family policies or other individual coverage must submit a waiver if they do not wish to be enrolled in the school plan. Waivers may be filed at http://www.universityhealthplans.com/ (select Simmons College). Although those wishing to purchase school insurance (a Blue Cross/Blue Shield policy with excellent coverage) will be enrolled automatically, an insurance card can be received sooner by signing up on line at the University Health Plans site above. The plan itself can also be read at that site. Additional information about student insurance can be found on our web pages in the section "Health Insurance While at School".
Immunizations: All full time undergraduate and graduate students and part time Health Science students are required by law to have up-to-date immunization records on file at the Health Center. Information for both undergraduate and graduate students about what is required, and directions and forms that can be downloaded can be found in the "New Student Requirements" section of the Health Center web site. Failure to comply with the state immunization requirements may result in sanctions by the College.
Other Health Concerns:
Support, advice, and referrals are also available at the Health Center, the Counseling Center, Disability Services and through the Health Educator for other health concerns such as eating disorders, domestic violence, mental health concerns, and academic and residential accommodations. Please feel free to contact the Health Center at 617-521-1020 to get in touch with any of these services. The Counseling Center can be contacted directly at 617-521-2455.
In addition, the Health Center, the Counseling Center, Residence Life staff, the Offices of the Dean for Student Life and Simmons Public Safety, in conjunction with other Boston area resources, are prepared to provide treatment and support to students who have been raped or sexually assaulted. Resources and contacts for anyone who has experienced an assault or wishes to help someone else who has been assaulted are available at http://www.simmons.edu/offices/finance-administration/administrative/public-safety/assault-resources/
For more information, visit us on the web at http://www.simmons.edu/offices/health-center/ or feel free to contact the Health Center directly at 617-521-1020