For both minor illnesses/concerns and emergency care, nurses and licensed counselors are on duty Monday through Friday in the Health and Wellness Center, our modern, 14-bed infirmary.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
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 email@example.com.
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:
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.
Carla Belsher joins the Madeira team this year in the Health Center as a part time Counselor. Previously, she was the School Counselor at Alexandria Country Day School in Alexandria, VA for many years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Masters in Social Work from The Catholic University and a Bachelors in Social Work from James Madison University.
Ms. Epes began working at Madeira in 2008. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Specialist in Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Carleen Kelley joined the Health and Wellness Center in the summer of 2017. Previously Mrs. Kelley worked for three years at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney Maryland, where she was a school nurse. Her background in nursing is Trauma/Critical Care and worked for many years as a staff nurse, clinical specialist and educator in Critical Care. She holds a B.S.N in Nursing from the University of Virginia and a M.S. in Trauma and Critical Care Nursing from the University of Maryland. (Carleen has two children, daughter Erin, a recently graduate from UVA and now a Pediatric ICU nurse at INOVA, and son Brian, a 3rd year student at UVA. Carleen is thrilled to become a part of the Madeira community.)
Peggy Sotos, P’11 and ’17, 2017-2018 PALC President and a member of our Board of Trustees, is our new Director of Health Services.