Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9

Health and Wellness

The Hamilton Family Foundation Student Health Center

Located on the ground floor of Hinman Hall, Cardigan's Health Center provides a warm, welcoming environment for students, in a centrally located and wonderfully appointed facility. The Health Center is staffed with nurses and is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and is on call at night when school is in session. Nursing staff are available 24 hours a day to provide compassionate, expert care to students for a variety of health needs, ranging from daily medications and vitamins to the treatment of injuries and illness. Of course, students don’t need to be ill to visit the Health Center! Sometimes a friendly face is all a student needs, and the Health Center is a great place to check in for a smile. The Health Center comes to the students too. Throughout the year, health promotion and wellness activities may take place in the classroom to encourage students in building lifelong healthy habits and to foster a campus-wide atmosphere of health awareness.

Required Student Health Information

Cardigan uses a secure online system to store all student medical information. The system, called Magnus Health Student Medical Record, will bring many benefits to parents and Cardigan’s Health Service Team, including:

  • Secure online access to view your son’s medical records
  • Easy ability to submit health documents online
  • Email reminders to keep you updated on approaching deadlines
  • Ability to take your son’s digital health file with you after he leaves Cardigan

In June, new families will receive a welcome email from Magnus Health containing your login credentials. Inside the Magnus Health Portal, families should submit all the necessary medical documentation (your son’s health history, physical, and any prescription medication).

Action Required: It is vital that you submit these documents before August 15. If you do not submit these records in advance of arriving on campus, your student will not be allowed to participate in activities (including athletics) or move into his dorm until this information is submitted.

Magnus Health Portal

If you would like to learn more about Magnus Health, visit, call 877.461.6831, or email

Providers Most Often Used By Cardigan

  • Mascoma Community Health Center/Health First: Medical Director and Team Physician Dr. Ben Gardner MD, 18 Roberts Rd, Canaan, NH 03741
  • Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, 125 Mascoma St., Lebanon, NH 03766
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03766
  • Dental Care: Dr. Christina Schiltz DDS, FACP 2 Buck Rd Suite 4, Hanover NH 03755
  • Orthodontic Care: Baker Orthodontics, 18 Buck Rd., Hanover, NH 03755

Visiting the Health Center

If a student begins to feel ill or becomes injured at any point, he should alert the nearest faculty member or coach who will then send the student to the Health Center (or call upon the athletic trainer if during a sporting event). One of the staff nurses will evaluate the student’s condition and provide the appropriate care and treatment. Sometimes, a student may be admitted to the Health Center for the day or even overnight for continued care and observation. This will often be the case if a student has a fever, if there is concern for a contagious illness, or in the event they are recovering from an injury.

Health Appointments and Transportation Off Campus

When needed, students may receive care by physicians, physical therapists, dentists, orthodontists, optometrists, and other providers at off-site health facilities. The Health Center manages the scheduling and transportation to and from these appointments. Please note that student appointments scheduled by family request (i.e., non-emergent orthodontic care or consultations with specialty providers) may incur a transportation fee.

Medical Emergencies

For urgent medical services, we are fortunate to be located near both Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. In the event of a medical emergency, the Fast Squad (Canaan EMT and ambulance service) is called for immediate transport. 

Medication Distribution

Students with daily medications have opportunities throughout their daily schedule to come to the Health Center for their medications. The Health Center staff monitors student compliance, and faculty members are helpful in reminding students to report to the Health Center, particularly at the beginning of the year. If a student does miss a medication disbursement, Health Center staff members utilize several means to locate students and remind them to report to the Health Center. Ultimately, we rely on our students to be conscientious in reporting for their medications, and see this as an opportunity for growth in personal responsibility.

The Athletic Department discourages the use of powdered protein supplements and bars, and requests that parents refrain from sending these products. Parents will need to provide the Health Center with a letter from their son’s medical provider stating the necessity of these supplements. Necessary supplements will be dispensed from the Health Center only, and are not allowed in the dormitories.

Counseling Services

The school counselor plays an integral role in supporting students’ academic, social, and emotional growth at Cardigan. Early adolescence is a time when students face both personal and developmental challenges that have an impact on their academic growth, and the school counselor works with students to help develop a plan to navigate life’s daily challenges.  The mission of the school counselor is to implement a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program aligned with the School’s mission to prepare boys—in mind, body, and spirit—for responsible and meaningful lives in a global society. To achieve this, the school counselor meets students on an individual basis, as well as in a group setting.

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