“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 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
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.
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
Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk
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
Piers, Craig Ph.D. 413-637-8077
17 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA 01240
Theiling, Karen, LMHC 413-522-6868
Available at the Williams College Health Center on Tuesdays
(Email to set up appointment)
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
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)
email@example.com 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
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.
Location & Hours of Operation
Thompson Health Center
105 The Knolls (the end of Hoxsey Street)
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
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:
Monday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gynecology 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.