baird health & counseling center

Mission Statement

Our Baird Health and Counseling team of health care professionals offers a variety of services promoting students' health and well being.

Services for Students

We believe all students are holistic beings with interdependent physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. We also believe that students have the right and responsibility to educate themselves about available health information in order to make informed choices. Students rights and responsibility regarding their protected health information are detailed in our Notice of Privacy Practices.

Services available through the Baird Health & Counseling Center focus on supporting the student while at college. Illness, injury, and counseling services are available to full time matriculated students Monday through Friday. The staff at Baird Health & Counseling Center supplements the student's primary care network while at school and will work directly with primary care and designated specialty providers at the student's request. Services include treatment of acute and chronic health problems, consultation on reproductive health and wellness, physicals and well woman exams, laboratory studies, immunization updates, individual and group counseling, stress reduction training, nutritional counseling, as well as support for relationship problems, anger management, sexuality, anxiety and depression, disordered eating, alcohol and other abuses. Referrals to technology services such as radiology and specialty health care professionals are made as needed. Provisions for allergy injections can be made through the local physicians of New London Hospital. Psychiatry services are also available through NLH.

Pharmacy Services

Students are encouraged to establish an account at the local pharmacy – Colonial Pharmacy 603-526-2233. If students have an account, requests can be made for medications to be delivered directly to Baird Health & Counseling Center for pick up at the student's convenience during normal hours of operation.

To Make An Appointment

Please call the Baird Health & Counseling Center at 603-526-3621 to make an appointment.

New in 2013-2014:

  • Hours are Monday - Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 3pm when classes are in session.

  • A nominal $10 fee will be charged for each office visit. Student smart-cards will be used for payment.

  • Ten counseling visits per academic year are available for the nominal fee of $10 each. Counseling visits in excess of 10/year will require payment of $100/hr due at the time of the visit. Students will receive a walk-out statement that they may process with their insurance provider for reimbursement.

You are invited to send suggestions, questions or comments to Baird Health & Counseling Center.

Health Insurance Information Student Update 2014-2015

What YOU need to know about student Health Insurance at Colby-Sawyer

As of the academic year beginning in the fall of 2014, Colby-Sawyer will no longer sponsor a student health insurance plan. Health insurance is important and is a requirement for all per the Affordable Care Act. The premiums for student health insurance have increased with the Affordable Care Act, and student enrollment has dropped significantly in the student health insurance plan sponsored by CSC in 2013. Options for CSC to participate in student health plans are very limited, and therefore we have decided not to sponsor a student health plan in the 2014-2015 academic year. Students enrolled in the 2013-2014 Aetna plan sponsored by the college will maintain their benefits through July 31, 2014.
If you participate in an internship or clinical at a hospital, please be aware that the hospital may require that you have health insurance. If so, please be mindful and plan ahead for your health insurance as some plans have specific enrollment dates or waiting periods for enrollment. Baird Health & Counseling Center will continue to offer professional and convenient care to all full time students.

What YOU should consider regarding Student Health Insurance

  • Family insurance plans now permit members to continue coverage until age 26. Is this an option for you?

  • All states are required to have an in-state insurance exchange. Do you want to learn more about this? Go to: http://marketplace.cms.gov/ The Marketplace enrollment period for 2014 has been extended to March 1, 2014. The next enrollment period will begin November 15, 2014 for the 2015 calendar year, although you may apply sooner in a hardship case such as loss of health insurance. If persons do not have health insurance, a tax penalty will be imposed on the uninsured unless they are qualified for an exemption through the Marketplace.

  • Does your health insurance plan provide coverage for services in the greater New London, NH area (including Concord, NH/Dartmouth region)? Out of state Medicaid, CHPs or regional programs may not provide adequate coverage while at Colby-Sawyer. Do you want to look for supplemental health insurance coverage?

  • As a New Hampshire resident, Anthem, Celtic, and Assurant.com are the independent health insurance providers approved by the state. Perhaps this is an option?

  • Any medical expense that you may incur while at Colby-Sawyer is your responsibility. Do you know how to file a claim through your insurance company?

For Graduates: It is important to know what your insurance options are and whether you will be covered under your parents, an employer, or another source post graduation.

For International Students: We require that you have student health insurance while you are at Colby-Sawyer College. Medical care is very expensive and it will be important to have coverage in the U.S. for accidents or illness. There are multiple insurance policies available for students studying abroad and it is your choice as to what provider and coverage that you choose, (i.e. search international health insurance). Your insurance policy needs to be recognized in the U.S. for adequate coverage. International student health care policies do not need to comply with the Affordable Care Act. However, you will need to understand what your insurance policy covers and what the exclusions are. It is important to have coverage for emergency evacuation in case of a catastrophic event.

  • Your student health insurance coverage needs to be for a minimum of 10 months to assure that you have continuity of care in subsequent years. New Hampshire law mandates that if you have a lapse in insurance coverage that is greater than 63 days, than coverage for pre-existing medical conditions are excluded in future coverage.

For ALL Returning and Entering Students: It is important that students have adequate health insurance while at college. Colby-Sawyer students are required to complete the on-line Emergency Contact/Insurance/Missing Persons information form as an entering student and annually thereafter. If you change your insurance plan or other information requested on the form, it will be important for you to update your information at the time of the change.

For 2013-2014 Aetna policy holders please contact Gallagher Koster regarding benefits and questions.

Campus Health Alerts

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Contact our Director

This site is monitored by Pam Spear, Director of Baird Health and Counseling Center. She will answer your e-mail to pspear@colby-sawyer.edu or direct it to the person who can address your comment. You are also invited to call us at 603-526-3621. Our Fax number is 603-526-3453.