United Methodist Village and OSF HealthCare Medical Group to Open Onsite Clinic
October 13, 2018 | 2,633 views |
Godfrey – Two-year collaboration between United Methodist Village and OSF HealthCare Group has come to fruition in the form of a clinic at UMV which will be operated by OSF.
“United Methodist Village has been enhancing their health and wellness program by expanding their 8 dimensions of wellness (Physical, Health, Vocational, Spiritual, Emotional, Social, Intellectual and Environmental) and how that impacts their resident’s daily living.”, said Anita Martinez, UMV Executive Director.
UMV Board of Directors recommended Executive Management contact OSF Saint Anthony regarding a partnership. Martinez met with Ajay Pathak, President and CEO of OSF Saint Anthony Health Center. The two found they held commonalities in thought around expansion and improvement of health and wellness for those they serve.
“Over the last two years, we’ve focused on how to take health care in a different direction, transforming health care and making it more impactful here in the river bend.”, said Pathak. “Our thought was to bring health care out to our community, where its members live and reside, where they recreate, where they work, closer to where their kids go to schools, where they come together.”
He described the partnership between OSF and UMV as another step in the process of giving access to health care by making it convenient, coordinated and easy for the residents at United Methodist Village to come together and utilize. Pathak thanked Steve Schwartz, Board Chair of the United Methodist Board of Directors for his specific leadership in this program and bringing it together.
“We feel it is a partnership that will improve the lives of the greatest asset we have out here, that’s you, our residents that live out here.”, said Schwartz. He thanked Ajay and Anita and the staffs of both organizations who put a lot of work into making the new clinic a reality.
The OSF HealthCare Medical Group clinic at United Methodist Village is scheduled to be open twice a week between Monday and Friday, with actual days to be determined. At the end of the program, executives and staffs of both organizations, including UMV’s management company, Life Care Services, along with residents, well-wishers and Riverbend Growth Association Ambassadors, cut a ribbon to celebrate.
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