FORESTVILLE -- West County Health Centers will open a wellness center in Forestville, likely sometime in April, where it will provide preventative health services not readily available for much of its patient base in western Sonoma County.
The new center will be located on Main Street in Forestville.
Mary Szecsey, executive director of the five-site West County Health Centers, said specifics are still being hashed out, but the center would provide supplemental services to its health centers, which focus on primary care.
“We’re opening this site as a central location as a place where we can offer wellness and prevention,” she said, adding that the new center would include some medical services, such as immunizations, but generally it would provide “services not found at the other sights.”
The goal of the wellness center, Mr. Szecsey said, was to help keep its patients out of primary care centers or hospitals by providing support groups, alternative therapies and other classes that focus on prevention.
“The model we’re developing is not going to be primary care, but complementary,” Ms. Szecsey said.
Many of the patients served by the health centers are low income and uninsured, and lack the access for preventative services, Ms. Szecsey said.
The health centers will partner with the Northern California Center for Well Being, which specializes in wellness center planning and health education, on the new Forestville location, Ms. Szecsey said.
The location was acquired last week. It has been used as a private practice for the past eight or nine years, Ms. Szecsey said.
No date has been set for opening the wellness center.
West County Health Centers has primary care locations in Sebastopol, Occidental and Guerneville and dental and mental health clinics at a second location in Guerneville.