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 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 Hansom 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.
Gould Academy employs three 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, the recommendation is made to connect the student with additional support services. Such action might include 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. All of the 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
Ms. Nickerson immigrated to the United States from Canada in 1992 with her husband, a nurse anesthetist. She has lived and worked in Mississippi, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maine, in areas that include neonatal and adult intensive care, medical surgical nursing, and camp nursing. For the past several years, she has taught in the Nursing Program at Eastern Maine Community College and University of Maine Fort Kent with a specialty in simulation (she is also particularly interested in the integration of technology in nursing care). Her outside passion is animal rescue and she actively serves on the board of PAWS Animal Welfare Society in Fort Kent. In 2015 she proudly helped PAWS build a permanent shelter through grant writing and fundraising. Besides cats, Ms. Nickerson’s other passion is her four children.
Ms. Wiser has countless years of experience in hospital, camp, and school nursing, and has also worked as a newspaper reporter. The author of “Hikes in and Around Maine’s Lake Region,” Ms. Wiser first published this book in 1993 and currently celebrates its fifth edition. At her home in Bridgton, Ms. Wiser and her husband, Bob, grow large organic vegetable and flower gardens and sell cut flowers. They have two daughters, Rosemary ’10 and Marguerite ’12.
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.