Serving Polk County, North Carolina


Polk Wellness Center  Staff


When North Carolina reformed its mental healthcare system in 2001, many had no resources to turn to in a mental health crisis. In 2006, a summit, organized by Jim Van Hecke, a Tryon resident and director of Addiction Recovery Institute located in Tryon, was held in Asheville to address the issue. After the summit, a group of Polk County citizens began studying ways to provide delivery of services to Polk County. It was decided that a permanent walk-in clinic was needed.

Thus, a non-profit corporation was formed with a volunteer board consisting of community leaders and local healthcare providers from various organizations in the county. They chose to offer services to all county residents, not only those with insurance, but people with no insurance or inadequate insurance. We take the following insurances: Medicaid, Medicare, BlueCross/BlueShield, and Medcost. The Center is currently working towards accepting additional insurance providers.

The Center provides a holistic approach, offering a comprehensive, integrated model to provide primary care, mental health/substance abuse, prevention, education, wellness, and recovery support services.

Polk Wellness Center strives to empower those we serve to utilize their strengths and take an active role in achieving and maintaining their health. We are committed to ensuring that our services are available, accessible and acceptable.

In providing services, Polk Wellness Center works closely with St. Luke's Hospital, Polk County Schools, Springs Healthcare Center, Saluda Medical Center, Family Preservation Services, WCCA, Steps to Hope, Cooper-Riis Healing Farm, Polk County DSS, Rutherford Community Health Center, Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry, Pavillon and Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Health Department.

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Appointments Available 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday



155 West Mills Street
Columbus Commons
Suites: 201/202
Columbus, NC 28722