Polk Wellness Center is committed to empowering
those it serves, along with the general public, by offering workshops and participating in events in the community. We also want
to keep the community informed as we reach service milestones. On this page,
you will learn more about recent news regarding Polk Wellness Center and its
Polk Wellness Center receives $50,000 in grants from community foundation
Tryon Daily Bulletin, Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Polk Wellness Center's "Journey to Wellness" column is published the first and third Wednesdays of each month in the Tryon Daily Bulletin.
Columbus, NC—July 22,
2011—Polk Wellness Center (PWC) is now offering full medical services with the
addition of Physician Assistant Amanda S. Hovis to its integrated care staff.
Hovis will work alongside Polk Wellness Center
Medical Director Dr. Jeffrey Viar. The Center uses a comprehensive, integrated model to provide
family medical care, mental health, substance abuse, prevention, education,
wellness, and recovery support services. Polk Wellness Center is
located at 801 West Mills Street in the Columbus Professional Building and
serves Polk County and surrounding areas. Hovis
will be accepting new patients starting Monday, July 25, 2011.
Assistant with a Masters in Health Science from Duke University—brings to Polk
Wellness Center extensive experience in family practice and pediatrics. Five
years ago, Hovis worked in Polk County treating patients with neuromuscular
conditions, but moved with her family to the Charlotte area where she focused
on providing preventative and acute medical care. Currently, Hovis resides in Boiling Springs, SC with her
husband, a vascular surgeon at SRMC, and their three children.
“I am really excited
about coming back to this wonderful community, and working with a truly
integrated staff. Treating the whole person, recognizing the mind-body
connection, is the future of medicine and the best way to approach our patients’
total health,” explains Hovis.
Polk Wellness Center participated with other local organizations in the N.C. Farm Bureau's Healthy Living for a LIfetime health screening at Bi-Lo in Columbus, N.C. The community awareness event brought out residents who wanted to learn more about health services available in the area, as well as those who wanted to receive health screenings. PWC members were on hand to educate attendees about the specific services available at the Center.
Board members also set up a booth at the Older Americans Fair at the Senior Center in Columbus, N.C. to help bring about awareness of the scope of services available to all at Polk Wellness Center.
Columbus, NC—December 13, 2010—On Monday, December 6th at 5:30 p.m., Polk
Wellness Center presented a “Handling Holiday Stress” panel discussion at
ICC-Polk in collaboration with
Steps to HOPE and St. Luke’s Hospital. This community awareness event is
the first in a “Wellness Series” that Polk Wellness Center will present in the
public event included a complimentary dinner, childcare and health screenings
such as glucose and blood pressure checks performed by Allied Health students
at ICC. Participants enjoyed pizza, fruit and vegetables in the festive lobby
of ICC. Many of the refreshments were donated by Bi-Lo (Columbus), IGA,
Nature’s Storehouse, and Food Lion. After dinner, attendees moved to the
auditorium where the panelists began an informative and informal presentation
about holiday stress triggers and ways to manage them.
Wellness Center panelists included therapist and administrator Jim Nagi, LCSW;
therapist and clinical director Dr. Gordon Schneider; therapist Rob Fuller,
LCSW-P; and Dr. Jeffrey Viar, physician and medical director.
Nagi started the discussion by posing a question: “If you could change one
thing this Christmas, what would it be?” Some audience members said “money” and
“having my son home for Christmas.” Those answers led to Dr. Gordon Schneider’s
helping attendees identify causes of holiday anxiety and depression (such as
what we are missing at this time of year—money and family). He offered ways to
prevent or lessen those symptoms that included the simple act of volunteering
and helping others less fortunate to bring about a positive meaning to the
Therapist Rob Fuller focused on children and depression, specifically how
parents can recognize the symptoms of depression in children and teenagers that
often differ from those of adults. Symptoms include irritability, anger, and
Jeffrey Viar discussed the impact of stress on the body, especially at holiday
time when people have less sleep and eat carbohydrate-rich, sweet foods that
can impact cholesterol, glucose levels and mood. Making healthier food choices,
finding a minimum of a half hour three times of week to exercise; as well as
getting in the sun were suggested as the best ways to stay healthy during this
time of year.
to HOPE case manager Cherie Wright offered insight about domestic abuse during
the holiday season. She explained that while domestic abuse usually increases
during the holidays, statistics
show that most domestic abuse victims tend to stay with their abusers during
the holidays in an effort to create the “perfect holiday” or minimize stress on
the family by leaving the home.
Mark Cornelius, a hospitalist with St. Luke’s Hospital, wrapped up the
discussion with hopeful insights for the New Year. Dr. Cornelius offered ways
to start physically and mentally healthy habits once the food, drink and
fatigue in December is over. He also explained how the medical community is
embracing the idea of a “three-legged stool” in which physicians not only treat
the body and the mind, but also emphasize the importance of individuals
nurturing the spirit. All three “legs” work together to create the best
possible medical outcomes.
Director of Polk Wellness Center Dr. Gordon Schneider says of The Center, “As
clinicians, our goal is to have clients recognize the mind-body-spirit
connection so they can eventually manage their own wellness.”