Wellness Center: A Healing Community

In 2011, GLIDE Health Services (GHS) opened the Wellness Center, an extension that provides complementary alternative care to patients. The Wellness Center adds a variety of healing services to GHS’s holistic health care model under three main areas – Health Promotion and Education, Healing and Recovery, and Movement Classes.

Yoga Class, Wellness Fair, 2011

Health Promotion and Education promotes preventative care by offering immunizations, TB testing, cancer screening, diabetes education, HIV testing and counseling, syringe access services and more. Healing and Recovery offers services ranging from meditation and acupuncture to smoking cessation and chronic pain support classes. Finally, Movement services offer gentle yoga, tai chi, walking, and chair exercise classes.

Kevin Dwyer, Tai Chi Instructor

Like GHS, the Wellness Center moves away from the emergency room cycle, which is both expensive and unsustainable for vulnerable communities. Wellness Center services consider the whole person, not simply a diagnosis, and it aims to address the unique stresses of those who are living in poverty, are homeless, or marginally housed.

The Wellness Center, alongside GHS, empowers patients to ‘live well’ by providing comprehensive wrap-around health services. GHS Director, Pat Dennehy, shares, “We strive to provide a continuum of care. We have young, healthy patients that come to us for preventative care, as well as people with chronic conditions that need more intensive and broad-based services.”

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One comment on “Wellness Center: A Healing Community
  1. Phil L says:

    Wow this is awesome. Keep well, live well, feel well, and be well. Preventative maintenance and serenity is the key. This Wellness Center is big contribution to the community.

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