To meet the needs of the community, Hometown will be opening a new Medical, Wellness and Recovery Center in Palmyra. As a Patient Centered Medical Home model, Hometown is eager to have preventative care, acute care, behavioral health, oral hygiene and a comprehensive wellness center under one roof. The medical facility design will provide cutting edge patient flow, air filtration, medical and dental pods, integration of behavioral health services in an effort to provide warm hand offs. The pods allow for more communication and oversite of our staff as providers will be in the pod with their care team.
The wellness part of the building will have a gym space with treadmills, a walking/running track, and equipment, classrooms to hold informational sessions, brown bag luncheons for the community, and regular sessions with a pharmacist who will do a comprehensive audit of an older adults’ medications. There will also be nutrition classes, specifically for those on SNAP to help them eat healthier. Hometown collaborates with local farmers in the Farm Share program. Hometown has a community garden currently to grow and give away free produce. The new facility will allow for an expansion of the garden so more people can be fed nutritious food. A food cupboard will also be on site. There will also be a day care center, and an opportunity to expand the Medication Assistance Treatment program to fight the opioid crisis. Older adults will have space to gather to increase their sociability and decrease loneliness and isolation.
There is nothing like this facility in the state. It will be comprehensive in medical care, dental care and in health and wellness opportunities. The nearest facility similar to this one is the YMCA which is 30+ minutes of travel time, which presents a large barrier to many people in the community. Additionally, it can be expensive to join. It is important to note that the wellness center is not just for patients. Anyone may use the gym, take classes, and use the food cupboard. This is a community facility for everyone.