Health & Wellness Center

The Health & Wellness Center is an urgent care facility with the convenience of being on the Saint Mary's College campus. Our staff provides preventative and clinical services with compassion, integrity and the integration of the mind, body, and spirit.



Ground Floor of Augustine Hall  

March 19, 2020:

Please visit the Coronavirus (COVID) Information and Resources page for the most current information related to the College's response to COVID-19. On this page you will find helpful FAQ's, including those related to community health. However, some helpful links to reference for the most current COVID-19 information are:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Contra Costa Health Services

California Department of Public Health

Please see below for information related to our Health and Wellness Center services.

Thank you,

Health and Wellness Center

***Effective Thursday, March 12, 2020***

The Health and Wellness Center (H&WC) is now requiring that students call us at (925) 631-4254 for any needs. When you call, we will assess your symptoms and determine the best treatment plan.

We are making this change to decrease the transmission of respiratory illnesses in our community. We strongly recommend staying in your room or going to your permanent residence if you have any cold and flu symptoms.

Our front door will remain locked, but our business hours will remain the same. You can call the H&WC during our normal hours, after hours you will be connected to a nurse advice line.

If we have scheduled an appointment for you, we will ensure that you can enter through the front door for your scheduled appointment time.

Thank you for your help in protecting the health of our SMC community!

– Health and Wellness Center    




H&WC Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm**    

**Wednesday 10:00am-4:30pm

*Closed daily from 12:00pm-1:00pm

*Last appointment at 3:15pm Monday-Friday


Visits at the H&WC cost $10, to be paid at the time of service.**

**Students who are unable to pay will still receive health care services, please do not hesitate to come to the H&WC for medical needs. Upon making your appointment, or when you sign-in, please notify the H&WC staff that you are unable to pay the fee.

***COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Update (3/4/2020)***

Dear Saint Mary’s Community,

Last night, the Contra Costa Health Services Department (CCHS) reported the first positive case of COVID-19 in Contra Costa County.  The person had no travel history and no known contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. CCHS provided further information, including that they are currently investigating anyone who may have come into close contact with the patient. At this time, it is important to remain calm and not panic. The recommendations for the community remain the same to prevent the spread of the disease.  Per Contra Costa Health Services:

You can minimize your risk of becoming infected or spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses by:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water frequently, and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow (not your hands)
  • Staying home from school or work when you are sick
  • Plan ahead for childcare in case children get sick and need to stay home from school
  • Avoiding travel when you are sick
  • Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Limiting unnecessary trips and avoid crowded public spaces when possible
  • Telecommuting when possible
  • If you are sick, wear a mask when you go out in public or visit the doctor

CCHS does not recommend wearing a mask to avoid becoming infected with a respiratory disease. Masks can be effective when worn by someone who is already sick to prevent the spread of their disease.

COVID-19 Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

If you have a fever and cough, trouble breathing or have traveled to an area with sustained (ongoing) transmission* in the past 14 days, call you healthcare provider.

  • IMPORTANT: PLEASE CALL FIRST before going to the Health and Wellness Center, your healthcare provider, or an emergency room. Most of the time cold and flu symptoms can be managed from home to decrease the spread of illness. If it is determined that you need medical care, a call alerts health personnel of potential transmission and they can prepare prior for your arrival.
    • If you are an undergraduate or international graduate student you can call us at the Health and Wellness Center at (925) 631-4254. If the H&WC is closed, you will be connected to a nurse advice line where you can discuss your symptoms and what to do next.
    • For graduate students, faculty and staff, you can call the Contra Costa County Public Health Department at 925-313-6740 for instructions about where to go if you do not have a healthcare provider.
    • If you have a mask to wear over your mouth and nose, please wear it when you visit your healthcare provider or clinic. If not, please ask for one upon your arrival.

*The current countries with sustained (ongoing) transmission include China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea. This list may change rapidly so check the CDC travel advisory page.

The CDC is currently expanding its criteria for testing for COVID-19 as more tests become available.

It is important to remember that this is a very fluid situation and information can change rapidly. The CDC and CCHS are great resources to read the most up to date information. Additionally, here is a helpful FAQ about COVID-19 from the California Department of Public Health.

Lastly, I would like to again reassure you that the Health and Wellness Center is working closely with Contra Costa Health Services and other College departments to continuously assess and proactively plan to maintain the health of the campus community. The College is also monitoring the developments for our area and our campus and is developing contingency plans for instruction and business in the event of a direct impact for our campus.  Facilities Services has already begun enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols for public spaces and classrooms.  For updates, see the Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page. For updates on international travel, please visit the College’s International Travel Update Page.

Be well,

Rachel Snowden, FNP-BC

Medical Director

Health and Wellness Center