Staffed by registered and licensed practical nurses, the J. Brooks Hoffman ’36Health Center provides emergency and ongoing care, health education, and counseling on a variety of health topics such as nutrition and diet, stress management, sexuality, and substance use.
Fifteen to 20 nurses staff the Health Center seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The school physician, Jeffrey Merkle, MD, holds clinics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (though students can come at any time for evaluation by the nursing staff). Director of Health Services Tara Parker, APN, NP-C, is a nurse practitioner and is also available by appointment to see patients Monday through Friday. The local hospital provides more advanced care if needed.
After the facility closes for walk-in traffic, a nurse remains in the Health Center and is available until it reopens each morning.
Blair provides confidential, short-term and solutions-focused counseling services to all students, addressing issues such as stress management, peer relations, family issues and academic struggles.
In the interest of achieving the best outcomes, Blair’s school counselors works with students to provide parents, teachers, advisors or other adults with information that might be helpful in supporting the student at Blair and in life.
The school counselors and other Health Center staff members can assist with arranging appointments with clinical psychologists and psychiatrists who contract independently with families and provide safe, private space for these meetings to occur.