Friday, March 23, 2012

Bastyr University Opens New Off-site Clinic at Edmonds Senior Center

Naturopathic clinic is the latest community care service offered by Bastyr.

Naturopathic medicine student shakes hands with a senior patient.
Naturopathic medicine students will offer care, under guidance of experienced naturopathic doctors, at the new clinic.

Bastyr University is proud to announce the opening of a new off-site naturopathic clinic to be housed at Edmonds Senior Center.

“We are overjoyed that we will have the opportunity to bring natural health services to our seniors,” said Edmonds Senior Center Executive Director Farrell Fleming. “Whether due to health or transportation issues, getting around can sometimes be a challenge for our clients, so to give them this kind of easy accessibility for whatever ails them is extremely helpful.”

The new clinic is the latest in a long line of Bastyr University off-site health facilities that cater to underserved communities. Currently there are more than a dozen different community care and natural health clinics throughout the greater Seattle area. This one is different though, as the Edmonds Senior Center is investing $55,000 of its own money over three years to help the program get started. The money will be raised through individual donations and special grants.

“Like all of our off-site clinics, this one will be catered specifically to meet the needs of the patients we serve – in this case, seniors,” said Bastyr University Dean of Naturopathic Medicine Jane Guiltinan, ND. “It is a win-win situation because not only will the seniors get individualized care to help them lead happier and healthier lives in their golden years, but the student practitioners will gain valuable experience in a real-world setting, which will only enhance their training.”

More than 150 people, including Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling along with other elected officials and donors, are expected to attend an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012, on the second floor of the ballroom at Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave. Parking is available in the senior center lot and at the fishing pier (first parking lot on Railroad Avenue after you turn off Dayton Street.)

For more information on the opening of this new off-site clinic, please contact Edmonds Senior Center Executive Director Farrell Fleming at execdirector[at]scscedmonds[dot]org or (425) 774-555, ext. 103; or Derek Wing, associate director of media and public relations at Bastyr Universty, at media[at]bastyr[dot]edu or (425) 602-3107.

About Bastyr University

Bastyr University, located near Seattle, Washington, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture & Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California, opened in San Diego, California, in fall 2012, becoming the state’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.

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Media Contact Information:

For all expert interview requests please contact:

Derek Wing
Associate Director of Media & Public Relations
Phone: (425) 602-3107
Email: media[at]bastyr[dot]edu

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