The Gould Health Center is committed to a comprehensive health approach that is sensitive to the needs of our students as adolescent individuals and to the school community as a whole. We encourage students to begin to take responsibility for their physical and mental well being and, at the same time, realize their part in regard to the overall well being of the community. While we feel responsible for intervention in treating the illnesses and health needs of our students, we also stress prevention as a means for maintaining optimum wellness.
Description of the Facility
The Gould Academy Health Center is staffed by four registered nurses and an administrative assistant. A full-time certified athletic trainer also works closely with the health center and student-athletes. The health center is conveniently located in the middle of campus between Hanscom Hall and the McLaughlin Science Center. The health center has eight beds for students who need nursing care, a private room for counseling, and office space for the staff.
A nurse is on campus from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Outside of Health Center Office Hours, there’s a nurse available, on call as needed, when school is in session. On weekends a nurse attends brunch and dinner and is at the Health Center by appointment.
The Gould Academy Health Center provides a range of services to students including nursing care, prescription medication administration, counseling and mental health services, and more.
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Gould Academy employs four full-time, professional school nurses, a certified athletic trainer, and an administrative assistant to meet student health care needs. Nurses focus on the prevention of illness and disability, and the early detection and correction of health problems. The school nurse is uniquely qualified in preventive health, health assessment, and referral procedures.
Students who are ill or injured and unable to attend classes or activities must come to the Health Center for evaluation. Sick or injured students will be cared for in the health center during the class day and during afternoon activity time, at the discretion of the nurses.
If a boarding student takes prescription medications, a medication form must be completed and signed by the prescribing physician. On Student Registration Day, the nurses will review the medication schedule with each student and parents along with our policies and procedures. Any controlled, stimulant, narcotic, or psychotropic medications, as well as isotretinoin (Accutane), are required to be kept at the Health Center and administered by the nurses. The Gould Health Center stocks most over-the-counter medications for acute needs. Certain types of medications (antibiotics, asthma medications, birth control pills) may be allowed in a student’s room on a case by case basis.
It is the students’ responsibility to report to the Gould Health Center for their scheduled medication. Gould works with the pharmacy, SchoolMed, to provide regularly scheduled medicines in pre-packaged individual doses for safety. All prescription medications must be filled via SchoolMed, unless for acute conditions such as when an antibiotic may be needed.
In most instances, a student’s advisor is the usual source for the advice and guidance that an adolescent needs. A student who is having a hard time, struggling with a personal issue, worried about another student, or just needs someone to talk to has several adult support options to choose from: advisor, dorm parent, teacher or coach. Also, our Health Center is a comfortable, safe and confidential place for students to seek support and guidance.
When concerns arise that may require greater expertise than the faculty can offer, students may opt to schedule time with one of the Health Center’s counselors for additional support. Open Times are free, private, and confidential. Students may be referred to ongoing professional counseling, psychiatric/mental health services, and psychological/educational testing.
Gould works with a variety of local counselors, psychologists and a psychiatrist for mental health needs. These providers are independent of Gould Academy. Providers will either see students in the counseling room at the Gould Health Center, or in their own local offices.
Gould Academy Health Center works closely with the Bethel Family Health Center (BFHC). The BFHC is ½ mile from campus and staffed with doctors and physician assistants. The BFHC is a family medicine practice that offers sick visits, immunizations, physical exams, contraception management (including confidential appointments), and lab/x-ray services.
For needs beyond the BFHC, we utilize specialists including sports medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, orthopedics and more. The Gould Health Center also has relationships with local dentists, orthodontists, and optometrists.
In the event of an emergency, there are several local hospitals and urgent care centers within 30 minutes.
Gould follows standards outlined by Maine Concussion Management Initiative to provide evidenced-based care related to concussions. All students take a baseline IMPACT test within their first few weeks at Gould. The concussion program is supervised by a contracted physician specializing in sports medicine and guides care of the injured student.
The certified athletic trainer works closely with athletes, coaches, and the Health Center to provide the best care for the students. Athletes may be seen for new or existing injuries, rehabilitation, and concussion management during or after the school day. The athletic trainer will be present at all home games and practices. Gould has relationships with orthopedics and physical therapists in the area and can arrange additional care as needed.
Each fall the health center runs an on-campus influenza vaccine clinic. We strongly recommend that all students receive the flu shot.
Gould Academy hosts an American Red Cross blood drive in the fall. Students who are 17 and older (16 with signed parent consent) are eligible to donate. There are volunteer opportunities for students who are not eligible to donate but would like to participate.
Health education is ongoing at Gould through various assemblies, group discussions, speakers and films, classroom curriculum, and multiple impromptu opportunities through adult modeling and health care delivery. Designed to provide the school community with useful current information and to better equip students and faculty with strategies for healthful living, the areas addressed include nutrition, fitness, sexuality issues and human relations, tobacco, alcohol and other drug education, and stress management.
Nurse phone (available 24/7 while school is in session): 207-592-1341
Joanna Brown is Gould’s new director of Health Services. She has been a school nurse for the Oxford Hills School District since 2018. Prior to that, she was a registered nurse at Stephens Memorial Hospital and became nursing director of Medsurg and Special Care there in 2015, successfully managing a team of 75 nurses and certified nurse assistants. A nursing instructor for sophomore nursing students in their clinical rotation while at Stephens, she was also a clinical instructor at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. As a staff nurse, her background is in critical care nursing, having worked in intensive care units at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and Yale New-Haven Hospital in Connecticut.
Anne McCandless joins the Gould community as a nurse in the Student Health Center. With nine years of experience in emergency and critical care nursing, she is excited for the change of pace caring for students at Gould. She is a passionate skier and has worked as a ski instructor at Sugarbush and Attitash and has patrolled both at Jay Peak and, for the last 5 years, at Sunday River. When the snow melts, Anne enjoys riding her road and mountain bikes. In the summer, she is an avid boater, sailor, and aspiring fisherwoman, both on the North Shore of Massachusetts and the Connecticut shore. She promises herself to start practicing the piano more, so be sure to remind her! She has moved from Bartlett, NH, to Newry with her son, Mac, and her partner, Henry.
Linda Raymond has experience in oncology, orthopedic/trauma, neurology, urology, camp nursing, and public school nursing. She managed a busy sports chiropractic office in Portland for the last 10 years with her husband, Jamie, and helped rehab and educate many athletes. She loves trail running, backpacking, and hopes to conquer skate skiing and get back into ultra running. One of the first coaches to help bring Girls on the Run to Maine, she has spent many hours volunteering/coaching middle and high school Nordic skiers. With her daughter, Ella ’21, she is working on the 4,000 footers, with 37 conquered to so far. Son Nolan is class of ’23. Her son Ben is in seventh grade — when not riding the mountain biking trails with his dad.
Janet Willie is a long time member of the Bethel community. Starting in 1998, she worked for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound as an outdoor educator and director of food service. She also owns and operates a private Therapeutic Massage practice in Bethel, which she started 1991. She lives in town with her dog, Lily, and cat, Earl, in her 1850 home, a constant work in progress. She hosts the annual Shy, Novice & Closeted Art Show, established in 2004.
Raised at the foot of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, Colorado, she has worked a variety of outdoor and environmental education programs. She brings a passion for experiential education and over thirty years of holistic health practices to the Gould nursing staff team and the school community. For more than five years she was health director for Midland School, in Los Olivos, California. (Former Gould Head of School Dan Kunkle was head of Midland from 1990 to 1999 and Will Graham, head of Midland from 2006 to 2015, worked at Gould from 1985 to 2006.)
Prior to Midland, She nursed at Gould Academy for the 2013-2014 school year and for the Chewonki Foundation, in Wiscasset Maine in 2011 and 2012.
Ms. Greene came to Gould in 2014 after many years abroad. Born in Korea, she went onto study in England before working in Qatar, Korea and now Maine. Ms. Greene has held positions including an elementary classroom teacher and elementary program coordinator, and is now the Administrative Assistant of Gould Academy Health Services. A world traveller, she has been to nearly 50 countries and met her husband Mr. Kipp Greene, Gould’s Visual Arts Department Chair while working in Qatar. Their daughter, Clare, was born there in 2008, and their son, Xavier, was born in New York in 2011. The most recent addition to the Greene family is Podo, the family dog who came to live with them in 2014. The Greenes love being Gehring Dorm Parents, and being able to live with and work with all of the students on campus.