Open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
The Martin Health Center, located on the ground floor of Congdon House, 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. The Health Center staff is dedicated to the belief that students must maintain a healthy
and balanced life in order to reap the benefits of a Taft School education. 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.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions page, or download a copy of the Parents' Guide to Health Services at Taft.
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Jean S. Piacenza '75
B.A., Yale; M.S.W., University of Connecticut
Director of Counseling and Community Health
Jonathan R. Bernon
B.S., Lafayette; A.M., Harvard; M.S.W., Columbia
Rachel M. Russell
B.A., Swarthmore; PhD, University of Michigan;
School Counselor, Psychology
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.
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. One such plan is available through Ace American Insurance Company at www.isminc.com or telephone 302-656-4944. Students arriving without adequate insurance will be assigned cost-effective coverage and billed accordingly.
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. A fee is also charged for transportation to medical/dental facilities outside the school.
Detailed immunization records and proof of tuberculin screening is required for all new students.
- TWO MMR (measles-mumps-rubella vaccines)
- Tetanus/Diptheria series plus booster within 10 years
- Polio series with booster after age 4
- Hepatitis B (series of 3)
- Varicella (date of chickenpox illness or vaccine)
- Menactra (meningitis vaccine)
- 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
Director of the Martin Health Center
Director of Nursing
Annie DeMayo, R.N. is the director of nursing. She supervises a staff of registered nurses. She is on duty Mon-Fri 8 am-4pm.