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Health & Wellness

For both minor illnesses/concerns and emergency care, registered nurses and a licensed counselor are on duty 24 hours a day in the Health and Wellness Center, our modern, 14-bed infirmary. A physician is always on call in case of emergencies.

The Health and Wellness Center

Four dedicated nurses staff the health and wellness center. Collectively, the nursing staff has many years of experience in all areas of pediatrics, including ambulatory care, hospital care of the pediatric inpatient, pediatric intensive care, and pediatric emergency triage. Other areas of experience include intensive care nursing, emergency room nursing, and women’s reproductive health.

Location, Hours, and Contact Information

The Health and Wellness Center is located to the north of New Dorm on the east end of campus. Hours are as follows:

Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday – nurse on call

A nurse is always on call. When the Health and Wellness Center is closed, the student is able to access health care by contacting dorm faculty who can reach the on-call nurse 24/7.

Parents can contact health services during regular hours at 703-556-8243 or by email at healthcenter@madeira.org. For questions outside regular hours contact the Adult on Duty at 703-556-8211 who will connect you with the on-call nurse.

The Counseling Center

The counseling program at Madeira is available to help our students adjust to changes they go through during adolescence. Students and parents are encouraged to seek out the counselor regarding personal, social, or emotional concerns. Our counselor works directly with students in individual and group sessions and also offers campus-wide programs in the form of speakers, seminars, and workshops on adolescent-health topics.

Location, Hours, and Contact Information

The counseling office is located in the Health and Wellness Center. It is open during the day and after school for students, parents, and Madeira adults who would like to meet with a counselor. In case of after-hours urgent concerns, faculty and staff are able to reach the counselor 24/7. Weekend and evening times are available by appointment or for emergencies.

Parents, students, and Madeira adults can contact Tracie Epes, director of counseling, at 703-556-8298 or by email at tepes@madeira.org.

Health and Wellness Program

Health and Wellness Committee

The director of counseling oversees the Health and Wellness Committee, consisting of school nurses, the director of athletics, the assistant director of athletics, the athletic trainer, and two additional faculty members. The goals of the Health and Wellness Committee are as follows:

  • To develop and facilitate the Health and Wellness curriculum, which currently consists of a series of workshops on a variety of topics for each grade level as well as campus-wide activities designed to increase awareness and promote stress relief and self-care.
  • To discuss and help address specific issues related to the health and wellness of individual students and the Madeira community.
  • To connect the counseling, health, athletic, and residential life departments and broaden the scope of health and wellness at Madeira.

Health and Wellness Workshops and Activities

Each grade level participates in a series of Health and Wellness workshops designed to educate and increase awareness of specific physical, cognitive, emotional, and social health issues such as stress management/relaxation, healthy relationships, drug/alcohol/tobacco use, nutrition and healthy eating choices, Internet safety and cyber bullying, decision-making, and sex education.

Throughout the year, the Health and Wellness Committee sponsors campus-wide activities that raise awareness of specific health issues and promote stress relief and self-care.  These activities include celebrations of Sleep Awareness Week, Random Acts of Kindness Week, Stress Awareness Month, and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.