|Jan 08, 2020,|
|West County Health Centers|
"Forestville Wellness Center Fire Forestville Wellness Center Fire
PRESS RELEASE - Forestville Wellness Center Fire Update
January 6, 2020 Contact: Jennifer Neeley, Assoc. Director of Development
For Immediate Release (707) 869-5977 Ext 3313
Forestville Wellness Center: Fire Update
WEST COUNTY HEALTH CENTERS – Guerneville, CA
The Forestville Wellness Center (FWC) sustained significant smoke damage from a non-structural fire that occurred early Friday morning, January 3, 2020. Services will continue uninterrupted in an alternate location in Sebastopol while the facility is under repair.
West County Health Centers is extremely grateful to the Forestville Fire Department for their immediate response to the incident which prevented more serious damage.
The Forestville Wellness Center is a unique site which supports the health and wellness of West County Health Center patients, employees, and the community as a whole. FWC offers services that would not typically be accessible for our low income and government insured patients such as such as acupuncture, Chinese medicine, osteopathic manipulation, herbal medicine, ayurvedic medicine, and HeartMath. Many of the services are offered in group medical visits that educate patients, support behavior change, and decrease isolation. The groups support patients as they work toward their goals for better nutrition, movement, and stress management. Research has shown that these lifestyle changes can make an even larger impact than medications for many common chronic diseases, and it is our goal at Forestville Wellness Center to empower West County Health Center patients to take control of their health. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
The Forestville Wellness Center was established in 2011 and has a number of collaborative relationships with other community organizations including the Northern California Center for Well-Being, California School of Herbal Studies, and the Ceres Project. Through collaborative and sustainable partnerships between patients, practitioners of alternative and traditional medicine, and the greater community the Forestville Wellness Center strives to provide a holistic and integrative model of care to West County Health Centers\' patients and the community.
The Forestville Wellness Center staff, care teams, and providers were able to see 90% of their scheduled patients on Friday at another location in Sebastopol and will continue to schedule appointments as usual through the usual FWC phone number (707) 887-0290. All FWC patients are encouraged to keep their regular appointments. Information and updates will be posted regularly on the West County Health Centers website www.wchealth.org .
The Forestville Wellness Center provides integrative health services to 3,500 West County Health Centers patients from throughout western Sonoma County. Prior to the fire, the Forestville Wellness Center averaged 50 patient appointments per day in Forestville.
In the wake of recovery from two federally declared natural disasters in 2019, ensuring the sustainability of West County Health Centers and safeguarding access to primary medical care, dental and integrated behavioral health services has become even more critical in western Sonoma County. West County Health Centers remains the sole provider of primary medical services for the unincorporated areas of western Sonoma County and one of the few providers of dental and behavioral health services available to Medi-Cal recipients.
West County Health Centers is accepting donations from people who want to help the Forestville Wellness Center with the cost of repairs. Please visit https://www.wchealth.org/help/donations/ to donate online or checks may be mailed to: Forestville Center, ℅ West County Health Centers, PO BOX 1449, Guerneville, CA 95446
West County Health Centers is a private, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving 15,000 patients in western Sonoma County with (7) sites located in Guerneville, Occidental, Sebastopol, and Forestville. West County Health Centers service area covers 750 square miles stretching from Fort Ross to Valley Ford and from the Pacific coastline into Sebastopol, with an estimated population of 60,000 people.
West County Health Centers envisions healthy communities building relationships and partnerships that support health and wellbeing for all people. West County Health Centers’ mission is to provide comprehensive, quality, and accessible health care services to the communities of western Sonoma County. We are a cohesive team of health care providers, support staff, and volunteers dedicated to wellness, compassion, affordability and excellence of care. We believe in non-judgmental and equal care for all members of our diverse community.
For over 45 years West County Health Centers has provided health care services to the entire community including those who are not accepted elsewhere due to HIV/AIDS, homelessness, mental illness or addiction; those in the community who lack the financial resources to pay for quality health care, as well as many others including medically vulnerable and underserved seniors, working families, and teens. No patient is turned away from West County Health Centers for lack of funds.
West County Health Centers operates seven sites in western Sonoma County including: Russian River Health Center, Occidental Area Health Center, Gravenstein Community Health Center, Homeless Healthcare Services, Forestville Wellness Center, Forestville Teen Clinic and Sebastopol Community Health Center & Dental Clinic.
For more information about West County Health Centers sites and services visit www.wchealth.org
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