Services & Information

Simmons Health Services, located on the Simmons Residence Campus, offers health care to Simmons undergraduate and graduate students. The Health Center is staffed by registered nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians, and a registered dietitian. Services are available by appointment at the Health Center during regularly-scheduled clinic hours. 

Services

The following services are available at the Health Center:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of illness and injuries
  • Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
  • Gynecological care including: routine gynecological exams; contraception; diagnosis and treatment of gynecological illness; pregnancy testing
  • Physical exams
  • Management of chronic disease, including asthma
  • Emergency contraception ("morning after" pills)
  • Immunizations and tuberculosis screening
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Care of sports-related injuries
Excuse Note Policy

In accordance with the Undergraduate Course Attendance Policy, Simmons Health Services does not provide notes excusing students from class or other academic obligations for brief absences due to illness or injury. We advise students who miss class to communicate directly with their faculty/instructors in a timely manner. We can provide verification of a visit to the Health Center upon request. Students are encouraged to contact Student Affairs (studentaffairs@simmons.edu) for extended absence support.

Privacy Policy

Simmons College Health Services is committed to maintaining the privacy of your medical records and does not disclose any health information, without your express permission, to non-medical personnel including parents (if you are older than 18 years of age), or College administrators, except as required by law. If you are under 18 years of age, the law requires us to share some, but not all, of your health information with your parents.

Consistent with state and federal regulation, we may, however, share information in your medical records with other medical providers if it is for the purpose of your further treatment; for example, to a specialist at the hospital, or to a counseling center provider. We can also share information for the purpose of payment; with your insurer, for example. In these instances we would share only the minimum amount of information necessary to accomplish the goal of providing you with the best possible care.

Medical Records

To protect the privacy of your medical record, you must send the Health Center a written request with your signature if you want to have any information from your record, including your immunizations, sent to you or released to a third party. A request form can be faxed or mailed to the Health Center. Please allow three business days to process your request. If only one or two pages of information are involved, the Health Center can fax the response.

Please mail your request to the Simmons College Health Center, 94 Pilgrim Road, Boston, MA 02215 or fax it to us at (617) 521-3467.

If you cannot access the form, please write out your request and fax or mail it to us at the address above. Include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Other name on record, if different
  • Simmons ID #
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Telephone number 
  • Dates Enrolled (i.e., 1988 -1992)
  • What information you want released (immunization results, all records, records for a specific visit or time period)
  • Where to send information

Please be sure to sign and date the request. Medical Records, including immunizations, are kept for 10 years.

Note that we will not release information regarding abortion, mental health, pregnancy, sexual assault or sexually transmitted disease without your specific authorization to release those records. Please check the appropriate boxes giving us the necessary permission on the form, or if you are submitting a written request, please specifically mention those records if you want them released.

Fees

Undergraduate students

During the academic year, the student health fee covers visits to Health Services, and there is no charge at the time of the visit. Immunizations, laboratory testing, and prescriptions are not covered under the health fee, and may incur a separate charge. In the summer, there is no student health fee, so undergraduate students are charged $30 per visit. Payment is expected at the time of the visit. Please note, we are unable accept credit card payments- we accept cash or check, or can bill students.

Graduate students

If a graduate student is covered by Simmons insurance, a copayment of $15 is due at the time of the visit. Health Services will bill the insurer (Blue Cross/Blue Shield) for the cost of the visit. If a student is covered by any other insurance, there is a fee of $75-$150 (depending upon reason for visit), due at the time of the visit. Please note, we are unable accept credit card payments- we take cash or check, or can bill students.
Some insurances may reimburse for these visits; check with your insurer to see if reimbursement will be available. Receipts will be provided for student to submit claim to insurer.

Prescription medications

Simmons Health Services is prevented by state law from dispensing prescription medication. Students therefore fill prescriptions at a pharmacy (see below for local pharmacies). Reimbursement of cost depends on the provisions of each student's health insurance policy. Check with your insurer to determine what coverage is available.

  • CVS 350 Longwood Ave. 617-731-5884 (pharmacy open until 8:00pm)
  • CVS 300 Longwood Ave. (inside Boston Children's Hospital) 617-975-3500 (pharmacy open until 11:00pm)
  • Walgreens 429 Brookline Ave. (at Joslin Diabetes Center) 617-232-7506 (pharmacy open until 6:00pm)
  • CVS 36 White St., Cambridge 617-876-5519 (24-hour pharmacy)

Services received outside the Health Center

Referrals for lab tests, X-rays, specialty care and other services offered outside of the Health Center are usually covered by the student's health insurance. Occasionally students may be billed directly for care not covered by insurance. Students should be familiar with the coverage offered by their individual policies. (Click on Insurance section for more information.)

Health Center Staff

Daniel Barker, MD
Medical Director

Marybeth Davis, RN
Assistant Director

Jennifer Staton, NP,
Nurse Practitioner

Rebecca Acome, NP
Nurse Practitioner

Alayna Richardson, NP
Nurse Practitioner

Jamie Isaac-Jefferson, NP
Nurse Practitioner

Catherine Rea-Lyon, MD
Staff Physician

Jhilam Biswas, MD
Staff Psychiatrist

Rebecca Koeniger-Donohue, NP
Nurse Practitioner

Denise O’Connor, RN
Nurse Coordinator

Amy Cantor, RD
Dietician

Anna Debenedictis
Administrative Assistant