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St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, in Partnership with Konocti Unified School District, Opens Konocti Wellness Center at Lower Lake High School

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Contact:  Linda Schulz

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2013

St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, in Partnership with Konocti Unified School District, Opens Konocti Wellness Center at Lower Lake High School

St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake will open a rural health clinic in the Konocti Wellness Center this summer.  The Konocti Wellness Center is a collaborative effort between St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake and the Konocti Unified School District.  This Wellness Center includes the newest addition to our integrated network of Rural Health Clinics, providing access to medical care across Lake County, and is designed to provide students of the Konocti Unified School District a direct link to better health.  The Wellness Center will include several programs that incorporate medical services, nutrition counseling, fitness programs and educational activities. These services are to keep our youth healthy today, and set the stage for a lifetime of good health practices and outcomes.

Dr. David Lounsberry, family practice physician, will act as the Medical Director of the Rural Health Clinic. Eunice Mentges, FNP, and Caren Greco, FNP, will staff the medical center 2 days per week. Lisa Mirassou, school psychologist with the Konocti Unified School District, and Linda Gude, Psy.D., Safe Schools with Lake County Office of Education, will provide services. In addition, Healthy Start will be based at the center. The center will feature Fitness on Demand and a variety of health and wellness classes including CPR, First Aid and Smoking Cessation.

A grand opening for students and parents of the Konocti Unified School District was held June 26. “Through this partnership with the Konocti Unified School District, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake continues to demonstrate our commitment to the health of our community members”, said David Santos, Vice President of Operations at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. Donna Becnel, District Superintendent, stated, “The health and well-being of our children contribute to their ability to think and learn. We are grateful for the hospital’s role in our Konocti Wellness Center.”

The Konocti Wellness Center is located at Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake Street, Lower Lake. 

About St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake: St. Helena Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,700 includes more than 21,000 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,000 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 150 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit www.sthelenahospitals.org for more information.

About Konocti Wellness Center: The Wellness Center was funded by a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant totaling $444,200 (91% of the project). In addition, $45,000 (9%) comes from a local funding source.