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.
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.
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.”