The Schacht Center for Health and Wellness provides accessible, professional medical and mental health care, and wellness education to Smith’s diverse population. As college health care professionals knowledgeable about developmental issues, we work with students in promoting their physical and psychological well-being. We collaborate with the larger college community, supporting students in accomplishing their educational goals.
College Closure Information
In the event that the college is closed, please note that the Schacht Center for Health & Wellness is closed too. If you have an urgent concern that cannot wait until the office re-opens, please call 413-585-1260. You will speak with our answering service and a medical or counseling provider will return your call.
Acupuncture Clinic Opens Monday, November 14
Group acupuncture will be offered to students free of charge on Mondays/Tuesdays from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Initial visits are one-hour long; Follow-up visits are 45 minutes. Current students may sign up at www.timecenter.com/smithcollege-acupuncture. For more information, please call 413-585-2250.
News from Director Pamela McCarthy
I am happy to announce that the College has implemented a new team structure for staffing at the Schacht Center. On August 1, 2016, I assumed the position of Director of the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness. Elaine Longley, R.N, a long time staff member in Health Services, is now the Associate Director for the Pelham Medical Service. Kristin Evans, MSW and Doctoral candidate in Social Work has joined the Center as the Associate Director for Counseling Services. Our new Associate Director for Wellness Education is Kristina Mereigh. She has a masters degree in Public Health Communication. The team and our entire staff is very enthusiastic about working together to provide top notch services to help students be their healthiest and happiest.
Zika Virus: Travel Alert
Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and may cause a mild illness of fever, joint pain, rash and conjunctivitis. However, in pregnant women, the virus may lead to the devastating birth defect of microcephaly. As a response, the CDC has issued a level 2 alert for persons traveling to areas or countries where Zika transmission is ongoing.
The CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant:
- Pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor or other healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.
- Women trying to become pregnant should consult with their health care provider before travelling to these areas and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.
- Health Services advises that educational travel for pregnant students should not include areas with ongoing Zika transmission.
No Charge for Office Visits
Any student, regardless of her insurance plan, may seek medical care or counseling at The Schacht Center for Health and Wellness for no charge. Fees may be charged for ancillary services.
How to Print your Insurance Card for College Insurance
1. Go to www.gallagherstudent.com/smith.
2. On the left toolbar, click ‘Account Home’.
3. Log in (if you haven’t already).
4. You will be redirected to the ‘Account Home’ page, then click on ‘Generate ID Card’ under ‘Coverage History’.
Information about these forms are on our Medical Forms page.
Online Portal for Self-Scheduling Appointments and Secure Messaging with Providers
Students can send and receive secure messages with medical providers on campus regarding confidential health information, schedule appointments for some types of visits, and access forms and information. To log on go to smith.medicatconnect.com and use your Smith network username and password.