Sylvan Hills UMC opens community wellness clinic

Sylvan Hills UMC member Amanda Thompson, left, checks Sherwood mayor Virginia Young’s blood pressure on the opening day of the Sylvan Hills UMC community wellness clinic. The clinic will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. COURTESY PHOTO

Sylvan Hills UMC member Amanda Thompson, left, checks Sherwood mayor Virginia Young’s blood pressure on the opening day of the Sylvan Hills UMC community wellness clinic. The clinic will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.
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On Thursday, May 7, Sylvan Hills UMC Sherwood opened a wellness clinic for the surrounding community. This longtime dream for the congregation became a reality through hard work by a team of nurses and other interested congregation members, led by Audrey Burks.

This free clinic is offered the first Thursday of every month, and is open to the entire community. Hours are from 4 to 7 p.m., and a light meal is available during that time.

With a “Know Your Numbers” emphasis for the clinic’s first session, volunteers checked patients’ weight, blood pressure and blood sugar. In the months to come, the clinic plans to offer hearing checks, cholesterol tests, vaccinations and a healthy eating seminar (featuring food from the church’s community garden). The Sylvan Hills UMC clinic also offers an onsite doctor and a resource assistance desk, where patients have access to a database of available assistance resources all around central Arkansas.