The Elliot Menkowitz, M.D.  Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is a 12-bed facility that includes a treatment room and three exam rooms. Our health care team consists of a school physician, two nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistant, school counselors and medical secretaries. Students are not permitted to visit the Wellness Center for non-emergency purposes during an academic class or obligation. A registered nurse is available on-call to address students’ health needs when the office is closed. Additionally, our medical providers are available to the Wellness Center nurses and students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have access to an extensive larger medical community with all medical specialties represented, as well as the use of the nearby Pottstown Memorial Medical Center (PMMC), should the need arise. A comprehensive description of our health policies, procedures and medical services is found in the Student Handbook.

Wellness Center Information for Students and Parents:

Medical History and Physical Forms

In order to provide optimal care to your child, it is very important that parents complete the medical history portion of the Health Form as accurately and in as much detail as possible. The Hill School requires all students submit a new Health Form annually including documentation of a physical exam performed by his/her family medical provider completed within four months of the start of classes, or no earlier than May 1.

Access Student Health Forms

Immunization History

The immunization requirements of The Hill School conform to the mandates of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Unless documented as religious or medical exemption, immunization is required by law and must meet the requirements as specified (learn more about required immunizations). A copy of your child’s immunization history can be obtained through your child’s health care provider and should be included with all other Health Forms.

Medications

  • Pennsylvania State law requires appropriate management of medication in the school setting. The Hill School medication policy has been developed to ensure the health and safety of all of our students. The Wellness Center must be notified of all student medications, including prescribed and FDA approved over-the-counter (OTC medications). All information about the medication a student is receiving remains confidential and will only be shared with parental and student consent. 
  • Nutritional supplements and performance-enhancing substances are not allowed. The Hill School Wellness Center regards and respects the policy statement from the AAP which emphasizes “The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly condemns the use of performance-enhancing substances and vigorously endorses efforts to eliminate their use among children and adolescents.” Therefore, students are discouraged from using nutritional supplements or performance-enhancing products unless there is an explicit medical order from their physician. Note:  Students are NOT ALLOWED to make online purchases / accept mail delivery of: medication, nutritional / herbal supplements, performance-enhancing formulas, weight loss/gain products.
  • The Medication Policy is cited in is cited in the health forms and more thoroughly defined in The Hill School Handbook for your review. 
  • Students and parents must read and sign both the Over-The-Counter (OTC) and Prescription Medication Policy and Agreement contained in the Health Forms packet. Prescribing healthcare providers must also complete the accompanying paperwork to authorize each prescription for the student.

Confidentiality

Parents may be assured that the medical information provided to us is confidential and will remain within the health service. It is extremely important that up-to-date comprehensive health information pertaining to your child’s physical and emotional health be provided in detail. We encourage you to convey any significant issues to your child’s dorm parent and academic adviser. Health information will only be shared with The Hill School counselors, dorm parents, coaches, and advisers on a need-to-know basis, as there are times when the safety, health, and welfare of a child necessitate this type of communication.

Health Insurance

The Hill School requires every student must be enrolled in a USA based health insurance plan for the entire duration of the school year.  This plan must be valid in the State of Pennsylvania.  Contact your insurance company to confirm that your insurance plan will cover your child in PENNSYLVANIA and will meet all health care need while they are attending the School. *An accident only, catastrophic sickness or travel insurance which limits coverage to Emergency Care only NOT acceptable.

Domestic Students:

Due to Federal and State regulations beyond our control, the Hill School is unable to offer health insurance options to domestic students for the 2019-2020 school year.  Domestic students must obtain their own health insurance that is VALID in the State of Pennsylvania.  It cannot be accident only, catastrophic sickness or travel insurance.  Options to consider include enrolling them into your employer sponsored plan, using your state exchange, or obtaining out-of-state insurance acceptable to providers in the Pottstown area.  Parents and guardians hold ultimate responsibility for knowing what is required by your specific insurance plan.  All costs incurred for medical care that is not covered by the student’s insurance is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

International Students:

All students must enroll in the School’s 10-month or 12-month student health care plan provided by United Healthcare Student Resources GTO Plan (see below). This plan is specially designed for students in Pennsylvania private boarding schools, and ensures your child will receive prompt and effective medical care in the case of illness, accident or medication needs during the school year. THERE IS NO OPTION FOR A WAIVER.

While we make every effort to assist you, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to know what is required by your specific insurance plan. Any costs incurred for medical care are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Additional Information

Air Conditioning: Only our four Dell Village dormitories are equipped with central air conditioning. All other dorms do not have air conditioning. For fire safety reasons, students may not bring individual room or window air conditioners to the residence halls. Fans are permitted and encouraged. Those students with significant medical needs, should contact the Assistant Head of Student Life to discuss appropriate dorm placement. 

Orthodontic-Dentist/Immunotherapy-Allergist Needs: For boarding students with ongoing medical specialty needs, such as orthodontic/dental/ allergy related immunotherapy, parents may wish to establish a relationship with the specialty practice near The Hill School. Please contact our office after August 10 so we can assist you in establishing a relationship with a local office. We recommend that you forward records and communicate directly with the office that you select prior to your child reporting to class in the fall. The School will provide transportation and a fee will be assessed to the student's account. 

Transportation to Medical Appointments: The Wellness Center works closely with our Security Department who will assist with transportation arrangements to any scheduled appointments. A minor fee is associated with this transportation.

Services & Fees: The services provided by the Wellness Center are included in your child’s tuition. Please note that your child may be assessed charges for certain procedures of medical care as mentioned in the student handbook.  

Wellness Center Staff:

Medical Director: Kristin Spencer, M.D. P'13 '14 '18 '23

Associate Director and Nurse Practitioner: Kathleen Van Buren, DNP, CPNP-PC

Nurses: Jillian Citrino, RN; Joanie Frederick, RN; Mary Beth Gleason, RN; Lynn Himes, RN; Kelsey Stenger, RN; Diane Tallman, RN; and Kelly High, LPN

Administrative Assistants: Kelli Schoenly 

School Counselors:  Lisa Roethling, Doug Jones, and Kayleigh Summers (Learning Coordinator)

Learning Consultant: Rachel Guides

Wellness Center Contact Information:

Phone: 610-705-1217
 
Fax: 610-705-1765
 
Hour of Operation: The Wellness Center is open seven days per week.
 
Monday through Friday:
7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m.
 
Saturday:
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Sunday:
8 a.m. to noon, and 3 to 9 p.m.
 
A nurse is always on-call when the Wellness Center is not open.

Student Health 101

The Wellness Center has partnered with Student Health 101 to offer our community a monthly online wellness magazine exclusively for Hill School students. Each month, students will receive a brief email with information to help them succeed and a link to the monthly web-based publication on all things health and wellness.
 
A version of Student Health 101 - Student Advocate - is available for parents.