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August 27, 2013

Hospital expands wellness program

Functional medicine used to treat men and women of all ages

ANDERSON, Ind. — An innovative program combining conventional Western medicine with alternative therapies for women is expanding its services to include both men and women of all ages.

St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital is renaming its Center for Midlife Women, 1931 Brown St., the Center for Wellness Medicine to reflect the expansion of new services. The hospital is also opening a Wellness Shoppe inside the center where supplements, vitamins, proteins, bariatric supplies, personal lubricants and probiotics can be purchased.

“We carry high-end products that are difficult to find in our community,” said Christina Jackey, the advance practice nurse at the Center.

An open house for the renamed center and the Wellness Shoppe is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

The hospital’s program, which uses functional medicine, assesses a person’s overall health, to help identify and treat underlying causes of issues that cause migraines, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, digestive issues and chronic fatigue, Jackey said.

“For the past 18 months, we’ve focused on the unique needs of women in their transitional years,” Jackey said. “But, many of the functional medicine principles also apply to younger and older women, as well as to men of all ages.”

Vickie Zirkle, Anderson, said she has found relief for some of her menopause symptoms after seeking treatment through the center. She said the addition of the Wellness Shoppe will be convenient because her supplements can be purchased during an office visit.

“I feel like with women there can be something masking other symptoms,” Zirkle said. “Christina is very compassionate and committed to look at all of your symptoms to make you feel better.”

Cathy Bryan, a registered nurse with the facility, said sometimes just a simple diet change can resolve a person’s health issues. Bryan said one patient at the center was treated with an iodine supplement to work in conjunction with the patient’s thyroid prescriptions and resulted in both weight loss and improved health.

Jackey said men, like women, can also experience fatigue, body aches, gastrointestinal symptoms, and low libido from hormone imbalances, which can then lead to depression, sexual dysfunction and weight gain. She said that is why the center is expanding its services. The center currently treats about 350 patients.

Patients also do not need a referral for the Center for Wellness Medicine, Jackey said, and some services are covered by insurance. She said patients should contact their insurance company prior to treatment to confirm their individual coverage.

“We also do phone consultations,” she said. “We try to accommodate people from all over.”

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