D.S. Chen Health and Wellness Center opens at Deerfield Academy

  • Two students head to the second floor classroom at the D.S. Chen Health and Wellness Center at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • One of the exam rooms at the D.S. Chen Health and Wellness Center at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • The 16 bed infirmary at the D.S. Chen Health and Wellness Center at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • The D.S. Chen Health and Wellness Center at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • The lobby/reception area at the D.S. Chen Health and Wellness Center at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 10/31/2019 6:47:16 PM
Modified: 10/31/2019 6:47:03 PM

DEERFIELD — Deerfield Academy had a small ceremony on Oct. 25 to dedicate the new medical facility that opened on campus at the start of the academic year.

The D.S. Chen Health and Wellness Center is a 30,000-square-foot building with a full basement, full attic and 16-bed infirmary. Kate Rolland, a registered nurse who serves as the director of nursing at the prestigious prep school, said the facility is open and staffed around the clock for students, employees and their families throughout the school year.

“It’s wonderful,” she said. “They love it.”

Jeff Galli, the academy’s director of facilities, said the building cost $13.5 million, raised by donations. He said the facility is named after the main donor, whose son is a 2008 graduate. Rolland said the health office was previously in the Dewey building, which can be seen from the new wellness center. Galli said the Dewey building is one of the oldest on campus, having been built in 1947.

“We made do, but it’s a lovely upgrade,” Rolland said. “We’re all very pleased.”

Rolland said health classes are held on the second floor, where there is also a lactation room for employees and a counseling center.

Galli said Architectural Resources Cambridge designed the building and Engelberth Construction was the general contractor. He said construction took about a year.

“We had a great team,” he said. “They got it done on time and on budget, so we’re thrilled.”

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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