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Gra Health Center

Tammy Mathews, RN

School Nurse

The Grand River Academy Health and Safety Center is led by a certified Registered Nurse Tammy Mathews who is a full time staff member within the GRA community. The Health Center is  located in Mastin Hall, which is a spacious, free-standing facility in the center of campus and is easily accessible to every student within our community 24 hours per day. 

  • 20 beds for students who may be ‘admitted’ by the School Nurse for extended treatment, additional observation, or ‘medical isolation’. 
  • Quarantine Facilities - A separate apartment that provides additional sleeping, eating, and dining spaces for any GRA student(s) who are ordered by the School Nurse to be totally quarantined from the general community. This quarantined space can comfortably accommodate and sleep up to 5 students at any given time. 
  • Two attached Faculty apartments that allow 24-hour supervision and at-will accessibility to students who have been ‘admitted’. 
  • A generous office suite and waiting room. 
  • A spacious lobby, kitchenette, and TV lounge.
  • Academic spaces for students to study when they are admitted, isolated, or quarantined.
  • A dining lounge for students who show a need to be admitted, isolated, or quarantined.


Dispensing medications as needed, prescribed, and notifying parents or pharmacy of refill requests


Scheduling appointments and coordinating transportation of boarding students for off campus appointments


Conducting state mandated screenings, including vision hearing


Scheduling and arranging for boarding students needing immunizations and maintaining records


Completing the state mandated immunization report


Handling emergency / urgent / sickness care as needed and communicating with parents whenever necessary

Thomas Polak

School Counselor

Mental Health Services

Mr. Thomas Polak is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He is responsible for addressing mental health issues on campus. His office is in the Counseling Center in Shepard Hall. 

Mr. Polak works with students, parents, and physicians in the areas of mental health and therapy. Mr. Polak conducts weekly counseling sessions for students in need of therapy. 

Mr. Polak lives on campus and is able to help students in need of a counselor 24/7.