“Health is the capacity to achieve what is essential to a given life.” – Anonymous

Our Williams College Health Center provides a full range of medical services, counseling services, and health and wellness promotion and outreach. We do so within an integrated health care delivery model that promotes student learning, awareness, and taking responsibility for pursuing remedies and choices that lead to wellness.

The Health Center uses an electronic health record for Student Health. Just bring your Williams ID with you to sign in @ one of the kiosks in the waiting area. Please Call 413.597.2206 to schedule an appointment for Medical Services and Specialty Clinics; and 413.597.2353 for Counseling Services

Summer Information

The Health Center is CLOSED June 4th – August 28th for the Summer and will reopen at 8:30 am on Monday, August 29.

Summer Healthcare Resources

  • The Health Center closes at 2 pm on June 3rd for the summer. See below for health care options in the area.

    The Health Center closes for the Summer at 2 pm on June 3rd and will reopen on Monday, August 29th.

  • Northern Berkshire Campus of Berkshire Medical Centers (BMC)

    Berkshire Medical Center’s Northern Berkshire Campus provides numerous outpatient services for the North Berkshire community, including 24-hour emergency care, outpatient imaging, laboratory draw station, outpatient orthopedic surgery, endoscopy and more.  It is located at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, 71 Hospital Ave., North Adams.

  • Walk-in Urgent Care Clinics

    The clinics will typically provide care to patients with minor illnesses and injuries, including, but not limited to, coughs, colds and flu; eye and ear infections; pulled and strained muscles; cuts and scrapes; bites, stings, and rashes; stomach aches; and other conditions.  Both SVMC Express Care and Berkshire Health Urgent Care clinics can test for common illnesses, provide imaging services like x-ray, give some vaccinations and flu shots, and conduct sports and school physicals.  No appointment is necessary.  Most insurance accepted.

    Local Walk-In Clinics:

    Express Care at Southwestern Vermont Medical (x-ray available for visit)
    (802) 442-4077, 140 Hospital Drive, Medical Office Building, Suite 111, Bennington, VT 05201
    * Hours: Daily 8 am to 6 pm

    Berkshire Health Walk-In Care
    (413) 997-0930, 197 Adams Road, Williamstown, MA (Inside Williamstown Medical Associates)
    * Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am to 6 pm

    Berkshire Health Urgent Care (x-ray available for visit)
    (413) 997-0930, 505 East Street, Pittsfield, MA
    * Hours: Daily 10 am to 8 pm

  • Emergency Rooms

    Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) (413) 447-2000, 725 North Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201

    Northern Berkshire Campus Emergency Room (413) 664-5256, 71 Hospital Ave., North Adams, MA  01247

    Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (802) 442-6361 or (800) 543-1624, 100 Hospital Dr., Bennington, VT  05201

  • Non Emergent Medical Transport (NEMT)

    NEMT will run its regular schedule through June 6, 2016.  It will continue limited operations from 8 am to 4 pm daily through June 12th.  College-sponsored transport is closed after June 12th until the Health Center reopens on August 29th.

  • Psychological Counseling Services Information for Further Treatment

    This information is intended to assist students as they pursue further counseling, therapy or treatment after they leave the College for summer breaks, leaves of absences or graduation. Unfortunately, sometimes these interruptions can come at inopportune times and interfere with the continuity of a treatment process which a student has undertaken at PCS. We encourage students to continue this process whenever indicated and feasible.

    In most of these situations, the student and their PCS clinician(s) have had the opportunity to discuss each particular situation and, if deemed necessary, specific referrals have been arranged with appropriate therapists and/or psychiatrists in the area where the student will be living when they are away from the College. We encourage students to contact these referral clinicians promptly after their transitions, as it sometimes takes some time to arrange a mutually convenient appointment time, etc.

    When we have made specific referrals, we ordinarily try to pass on pertinent clinical information, with your specific authorization and consent, before you see that clinician.

    If that is not possible or your new clinician wants more information from your PCS records, please mail or fax an appropriately signed ‘Release of Information’ Form to the Health Center. Even during holidays and college breaks, our staff checks for these periodically and will respond to all appropriate requests. Most therapists, clinics and doctors’ offices have such forms, but there is one available on our website, listed above, if need be. Telephone messages are also periodically retrieved by our administrative assistant, approximately once a week during the summer vacation.

    Sometimes, when students are not certain that they will pursue more treatment immediately, we give more general referral information which can be used if the student decides to pursue further care at a later date. In those cases, we encourage students to contact their local community mental health centers or private practice mental health groups or individuals. Often a primary care doctor or family doctor will have referral ideas. We’ve had particularly good success when contacting nearby college health centers, who often have lists of therapists and/or psychiatrists to whom they refer their own college students after graduation. If you need information or records in any of these situations, please access your records as listed above.

    Obviously, in any acute or emergency situation, you should go to the nearest emergency room where you can access necessary care.

    INSURANCE

    Since all Williams’ students are required to have their own or the college’s health insurance, students insurance is ordinarily in effect when they are away from the College.  Family policies often remain in effect until a students 26th birthday. The College’s insurance is in effect from August 15th to August 15th for each year the student has been enrolled and has paid that year’s premium. This annual coverage is in effect even when the student is not on campus if the premium was paid.

    Information about benefits, co-payment amounts, provider networks, etc. is usually available through instructions on your insurance cards. For information about the College’s insurance, please contact:

    Angie Marano, Director of Administrative Services
    Or
    Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk
    Toll-Free: 800-406-5205

    Or visit their website at:  http://www.gallagherstudent.com/williams

    Insurance claims for the College’s insurance can be mailed to:

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass
    PO Box 986020
    Boston, MA 02298
    Member #: 1-888-753-6615
    Provider #: 1-800-443-6657
    Or visit their website at: http://www.bluecrossma.com/
    Providers can be found at: http://provider.bcbs.com

    Prescriptions can be filled at any licensed pharmacy or they can be filled via mail order at Express Scripts; https://www.express-scripts.com/ or call 1-800-868-9060

    If you have insurance other than through the College, your insurance claim information should be listed on the back of your insurance card.

  • Local Therapists and Psychiatrists for Summer Referral

    Williams College Staff available in summer in private practice

     Gitterman, Paul, LICSW                                                       413-441-8093
    311c Main Street, Williamstown, MA 01267
    paul@paulgitterman.com

     Piers, Craig Ph.D.                                                                   413-637-8077
    17 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA  01240
    craig.piers@williams.edu

     Theiling, Karen, LMHC                                                        413-522-6868
    ktheilin@williams.edu
    Available at the Williams College Health Center on Tuesdays
    (Email to set up appointment)

    Psychotherapists

    Counseling Center in the Berkshires                                    413-458-3279
    906 Main Street, Williamstown, MA  01267
    (walk-accessible from campus)

    D’Agruma, Hallie, Ph.D.                                                        413-551-9611
    132 Water St., Suite 5, Williamstown, MA 01267
    drhdagruma@gmail.com

    Edson, Deborah B., PsyD                                                      413-884-2424
    1 Bulkley Street, Williamstown, MA  01267

    Flynn Bernard, Jennifer, LMHC, MA                                 413-663-0291
    311 Main Street, Williamstown, MA  01267 (Harsch Building)

    Harrington, Nicole, Ph.D.                                                      413-442-2808
    311 Main Street, Williamstown, MA  01267
    general referral & specialty in anxiety, phobia and CBT

     Heck, Kelly LICSW                                                               413-358-5697
    42 Howard Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201   www.affirmativecounseling.net

     McNamara, Sarah, M.A.                                                       413-458-2727
    311 Main Street, Williamstown, MA  01267

    Niemeyer, Kathy, LMHC                                                      413-458-5121
    311 Main Street, Williamstown, MA 01267 (Harsch Building)
    kathyneimery@verizon.net      general referral, specialty in eating disorders

    Siracusa Associates                                                                 413-458-9600
    681 Simonds Road, Williamstown, MA  01267
    (North on Rt. 7; accessible walk from campus)

    Spiro, Robert, Ph.D.                                                               413-458-5636
    7 Latham St., Williamstown, MA  01267     (walk-accessible from campus)

    Note: Harsch Building at 311 Main Street Directions:
    East on Rt. 2 – 1 ½ mile from head of Spring Street

    Psychiatrists

    Howland, John, M.D.                                                             413-664-4600
    85 Main Street, Suite 202, North Adams, MA 01247

    Mahler, Susan M.D.                                                               617-429-3365
    Williamstown, MA  01267                                      (call for directions)

    Doshier, Jeff M.D.                                                                  413-464-7750
    Pittsfield, MA 01201

  • Urgent Psychological Needs

    If a student living on campus during the summer months experiences an urgent psychological need, Campus Safety and Security should be contacted at (413) 597-4444.


Quick Reference

  • Location & Hours of Operation

    Thompson Health Center

    Location

    105 The Knolls (the end of Hoxsey Street)

    Hours

    Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 am ‐ 8:00 pm
    Wednesday 10 am ‐ 8 pm
    Friday 8:30 am ‐ 6 pm
    Saturday & Sunday 1 pm ‐ 8 pm

  • Special Clinic Hours

    Medical Clinics

    The Health Center operates a medical clinic Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.  Services are provided by our Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistant by appointment. Same day appointments are available.

    Specialized medical services  are by appointment at the following times:

    Physician Clinic

    Monday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Gynecology by Appointment

    by appointment

    Orthopedic by Appointment

    Monday & Thursday 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Making Appointments & Accessing Services

    • To make an appointment for Medical Services, including Specialty Clinics and services, please call (413) 597-2206 or x2206 from a campus phone.

    • To make an appointment for Counseling Services, please call (413) 597-2353 or x2353 from a campus phone or you may email Kim at ktrembla@williams.edu for an initial appointment. Please provide 3 or more time slots when you are available and she will respond as soon as possible.  If you’re new to Counseling Services, your call will ordinarily lead to a brief initial screening to help direct you to the most appropriate services. If you’ve already used Counseling Services, we’ll usually schedule you into a regular counseling session.

    • Psychiatric consultations are made through your counselor/therapist. If you’re specifically seeking psychiatric consultation, you must first see a counselor/therapist.

    • For Non-Emergent Medical Transport (NEMT), please call (413) 597- 4545 at least 24 hours in advance of your transport request.

  • Health Requirements & Health Insurance Information

    For more info on this please read our Health Requirements for Incoming Students as well as the information on Student Health Insurance.

  • Health Education

    Health Education is an integral part of Williams Health Services. In addition to information provided by our doctors and nurses, our health educators are available for individual consultation with students on health issues such as eating disorders and body image concerns, stress management, rape and sexual assault, harassment, and sexual health. Learn more.

For Emergency Help, Dial 9-911 from any campus phone

For concerns of an URGENT NATURE that you feel cannot wait until the Health Center reopens, call the Health Center @ x2206 and follow the message prompts.

  • Press 1 to access the on-call physician for medical advice or recommendations.
  • Press 2 to access on-call Psychological Counseling Services via Campus Safety & Security. Or you can reach an on-call counselor through Campus Safety & Security by dialing x4444 directly.