Health and “WELLNESS” Services

GVMH lives it’s Mission and Vision everyday and both are twofold.  We are here to provide both health, and wellness, services.

MISSION: To provide exceptional health and wellness services with friendliness and compassion

VISION: To make a positive difference in the health and wellness of each life we touch

Our commitment to wellness services is demonstrated by our support of the Community Center in Clinton and the Wellness Center in Windsor.  Here’s a story that should motivate all of us to make our health a priority.

Melinda Fitzgerel is no stranger to working hard, but due to her physical health, it was becoming more and more difficult to do simple everyday tasks.  Nearly 4 years ago, after struggling with her weight most of her life, Melinda began her weight loss journey. This decision was one that changed her life. “I didn’t like how I felt,” says Melinda, “There were things I couldn’t do physically such as turning to my right to back the car out of my driveway. In addition, I developed knee pain.” Feeling ready to make a change, she began eating healthier and was able to lose some weight on her own. She decided after losing a few pounds she needed additional help, so she joined the GVMH Windsor Wellness Center and Weight Watchers. Over the next several months she faithfully followed her healthy eating plan and worked out at the Wellness Center at 5:30 a.m. She also found she enjoyed riding a bike and going for walks. Eighteen months after starting her new healthy lifestyle, Melinda met her goal and lost a total of 94 pounds. She is now in the maintenance phase, and has been for 3 years. “I never want to see that weight again.” says Melinda, “I continue to keep track of my weight to maintain the weight loss.”

Melinda and her husband Charles have two children, Chelsea and Nick, who currently attend the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. She is a 10 year resident of Windsor and is in her 11th year of teaching Music at Windsor Elementary School. She loves teaching and is thankful for the energy that has come with her healthy lifestyle.

The GVMH Wellness Center is a service of the Rehab and Wellness Center, located in Golden Valley Medical-Windsor. New members can join at any point during the year for an annual fee of $35. Wellness hours are 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 660-647-4000.

Here’s a BEFORE picture of Melinda.

me pre-weight loss (2) (2)

Here’s the AFTER:

Melinda (2)

Great job Melinda.  You’re an inspiration for all of us.  Be well my friends!

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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