Martin Health Center

The Martin Health Center is open 24/7 to help students be well, stay well, and, if need be, get well. In addition to the physician and nurses at the health center, Taft’s professional medical team includes trained counselors and certified athletic trainers to help students maintain healthy and balanced lifestyles.

About the Martin Health Center

Located on the ground floor of Congdon House, Martin Health Center is a 13-bed infirmary, inspected and licensed biannually by the State of Connecticut. It is open 24 hours/day, seven days/week when school is in session. Our goal as allied health-care professionals is to provide excellent primary health care in order to maximize students’ ability to participate fully in the activities of boarding school life.

Taft is committed to educating the whole student. The mission of the Health Center is to promote and maintain the good health of students by modifying or removing health-related barriers to learning. The dedicated staff is a competent and concerned group of medical professionals with extensive experience working with adolescents who hope to teach students to make informed and mature decisions about their health.

While adolescence is a time when young people are asserting their independence, we recognize that parents are still an extremely important part of their child’s life. We know that receiving a call that your child is sick or injured can be most upsetting. It is our hope that parents will participate fully in making important decisions concerning the health education and well-being of their children. We strive to establish and maintain effective communication between students, parents and the Health Center staff.

Local Hospitals and Pharmacy

St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury is used for emergency services. The main phone is 203-709-6000. The emergency department phone is 203-709-6004.

Waterbury Hospital services are also available. Phone: 203-573-6290.

Health Complex Pharmacy delivers prescription medication to the health center. It is recommended that student insurance information be on file there. Phone: 860-274-8816.

Health Insurance

The Taft School requires that all students have health insurance coverage that is accepted in the state of Connecticut and therefore requires that students confirm their coverage under their existing plan of insurance or, if they do not have any existing insurance, obtain such coverage. It is impossible for Taft to know the specifics of each student's health insurance and whether it will provide "adequate coverage" for the needs of the student in the State of Connecticut. It is up to the family to determine if they have "adequate" coverage and families are responsible for all medical expenses including, but not limited to prescriptions, laboratory charges, orthopedic supplies, and treatment and services provided outside the Martin Health Center. Students arriving without adequate insurance will be assigned cost-effective coverage and billed accordingly. Along these lines, The Taft School requires all international students obtain coverage through Clifford Allen Associates. Also a fee is charged for transportation to medical/dental facilities outside the school.

Immunization Requirements

Detailed immunization records and proof of tuberculin screening is required for all new students.

  1. TWO MMR (measles-mumps-rubella vaccines)
  2. Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis series plus booster within 10 years
  3. Polio series with booster after age 4
  4. Hepatitis B (series of 3)
  5. Varicella (date of chickenpox illness or two vaccines)
  6. Meningitis vaccine (menactra or menveo). A booster is required 5 years after the initial dose.
  7. TB test within one year of entering Taft

Returning students to Taft must complete the "returning student medical form" plus update any additional information including changes in addresses and insurance information.

Martin Health Center Staff

Suerette Bailey

Suerette Bailey

Registered Nurse
Victoria Barnes

Victoria Barnes

Registered Nurse
Ingrid Buswell

Ingrid Buswell

Registered Nurse
Kristina Clark

Kristina Clark

Registered Nurse
Beth DeFiore

Beth DeFiore

Registered Nurse
Riann Duffy

Riann Duffy

Registered Nurse
Anna Fenn

Anna Fenn

Registered Nurse
Meredith Fontaine

Meredith Fontaine

Administrative Assistant to the Health Center
Diane Fountas

Diane Fountas

Director of the Martin Health Center
Sheri Masotta

Sheri Masotta

Director of Nursing
Joan Palladino

Joan Palladino

Registered Nurse
Kristina Rosado

Kristina Rosado

Registered Nurse
Gail Snow

Gail Snow

Registered Nurse
Deborah Vieira

Deborah Vieira

Assistant Director of Nursing

Forms, Handbook, and Insurance Information

2017-18 Health Information and Forms

Health Center Handbook 2017

Health Requirements 2017

Health and Medical History Records Form 2017 (return completed form to Martin Health Center)

Medication Policy Reminder 2017

Concussion Information Letter 2017

Concussion Assumption of Risk and Release Documents 2017 (return completed form to Martin Health Center)

Concussion Written Permission to Return to Play Form

International Student Insurance Enrollment

International Student Insurance Brochure

International Student Insurance Plan Summary

Please note: All completed health forms should be returned to the Martin Health Center.

To securely send electronic versions of forms, visit https://taftschool.leapfile.net

The Health Center can be contacted via:

email: healthcenter@taftschool.org

phone: 860-945-7762

fax: 860-945-7766


Contact the Martin Health Center

The Taft School
Martin Health Center
110 Woodbury Road
Watertown, CT 06795

860-945-7762
860-945-7766 (fax)
healthcenter@taftschool.org

To securely send electronic versions of forms, visit https://taftschool.leapfile.net