Schacht Center for Health and Wellness
21 Belmont Avenue
Northampton, MA 01063
9 a.m.–noon, 1–4:30 p.m.,
After-hours Answering Service
The Pelham Medical Services provides appropriate, comprehensive medical services to address the needs of college students. Doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses provide routine health and wellness care such as sports and travel physicals; general check-ups; clearance exams for volunteer work or internships; reproductive and sexual health exams; contraception; related health education. We also provide problem-oriented care for sickness and injuries.
Laboratory Services and Pre-registration with Cooley Dickinson Hospital
The Schacht Center has a full-service medical lab on site. Some rapid tests, including urinalysis, rapid strep, mono, flu and pregnancy tests, can be completed here and results made available during the course of a medical visit. Please call 413-585-2250 to make an appointment.
All other tests are sent to the Cooley Dickinson Hospital reference lab for processing. Students having lab tests processed at the reference lab must register with the Cooley Dickinson Hospital by calling 413-582-2800. Registration includes providing your name, birthday, emergency contact, and medical insurance information. Some information, such as Social Security numbers and ethnicity, is optional and does not need to be provided. Students with private insurance should contact their insurance company with any questions about coverage. Cooley Dickinson Hospital will submit claims directly to the insurance company.
We do not direct bill private insurance for the rapid tests processed at the Schacht Center. Any charges for labs or other services will be billed to the student’s account. However, we will provide a claim form for the lab work done at the Schacht Center (and not sent out to Cooley Dickinson). Students can complete the form, and submit it directly to their insurance company for reimbursement.
Reproductive Health Services and STI Testing
These services include annual Pap testing (beginning at age 21), sexually transmitted infection screening, contraception, pregnancy testing, evaluation of vaginal infections and evaluation of menstrual irregularities.
Contraceptive services: educating and prescribing: birth control pills, vaginal rings, depo provera injections and emergency contraception. Referrals for IUDs and implants.
Screening for sexually transmitted infections: CDC recommends annual chlamydia testing (which can be done by collecting a urine specimen) and HIV testing (a blood test).
Travel Vaccines and Travel Health
Studying abroad? Travel vaccines may be indicated. Students must book a travel physical. The Smith College Insurance Plan covers most travel vaccines. Students should contact their insurance provider about travel vaccine coverage before booking an appointment. Your insurance may require that travel related vaccines be provided at a special travel clinic. Most travel-related vaccines can be provided locally at CVS Minute Clinic, 366 King Street, Northampton (413-586-8315). The CDC provides comprehensive information about travel health.
Vaccines are available by appointment. Students with private insurance should contact their insurance FIRST regarding coverage. Most vaccines can also be provided at retail pharmacies. We provide all required vaccines, HPV, and many travel vaccines. The Smith College Student Health Insurance Plan covers the cost of most vaccines. The optional plan does not.
Students currently taking medications can have most prescriptions transferred to a local pharmacy. We do not prescribe Accutane; students seeking this medication are referred to local dermatology practices. We do not provide allergy shots or oral serums. Students requiring this level of allergy treatment are referred to local allergy practices. The closest pharmacies to campus are:
- Serio’s Pharmacy: 68 State Street, Northampton, 413-584-8980
- CVS Pharmacy: 90 Main Street, Northampton, 413-584-2580
Students will need to provide insurance information to the pharmacy prior to filling prescriptions. Our medical and psychiatry providers are available by appointment to discuss medication.
Our licensed nutritionist is available weekly by appointment. The nutritionist advises on general nutrition, vegetarian diets, eating disorders, weight management, elevated cholesterol, anemia and more.
HIV and STI Testing
Confidential HIV and STI testing is available at Medical Services during regular clinic hours by appointment.
If you wish to see an off-campus health care provider, you may request a referral.
Students with Smith College Health Insurance should note the following stipulations in using their insurance.
College Insurance for Off-Campus Care for Medical Care (Physical)
There is a $10 co-payment for office visits. Tests, labs, xrays are subject to the $150 annual deductible.
College Insurance for Off-Campus Care for Psychotherapy/Psychiatric Services
The Smith College Health Insurance Plan covers psychotherapeutic and psychiatric services; there is a $10 co-pay for in-network providers. We encourage you to consult with us to help you find the right provider for your situation, since we are very familiar with the providers in the Northampton area. Referrals are not needed for off-campus mental health care (therapists or psychiatrists).
For students with private insurance: It is your responsibility to determine whether a referral is needed or an off-campus visit will be covered.
Sharing Medical Information
If you have been seen by an off-campus healthcare provider, please sign a medical release so that we can continue to provide appropriate care for you.
We respect your right to confidential, quality care. We believe that an interdisciplinary, coordinated approach delivers the optimal quality of care.
Our guidelines for protecting your confidentiality are as follows:
- Medical and counseling records are separate from other college departments.
- Entry of psychotropic medications prescribed by the Counseling Services is made in the medical record.
- No medical or counseling information is shared outside of Health Services without your consent. The only exception to this would be in situations where it is mandated by law.
- Information relevant to your care may be shared, on a need-to-know basis, among the professional medical and counseling staff of Health Services.
- Student permission is required to share information with parents, guardians or other individuals except in emergencies.