A New Era of Health Care Begins
Birch Hill is known for its award-winning health care in Assisted Living, Memory Care and Respite / Nursing Care. We are delighted to announce the addition of the Wellness Clinic to serve the residents of our Independent Living Community. This is a game-changer for Birch Hill. The Wellness Clinic is staffed by our Nurse Practitioner, Vicki Petalas. It will serve ALL independent residents Monday through Friday. The Wellness Clinic boasts walk-in hours or visits by appointment. Additionally, residents may be seen in their homes.
The clinic, formerly a satellite office for Catholic Medical Center, is now open for non-emergency care and offers a wide variety of services including:
- Diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses
- Blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar monitoring
- Lab work
- EKG monitoring
- Annual flu clinic
- Health promotion and education
- Medication management
- Collaboration with primary and specialty care physicians
- Wound care – and more
Meet Vicki Petalas
Vicki Petalas joined the health care team at Birch Hill in May 2020. She brings more than 20 years of nursing experience from school nursing to intensive care, teaching hospital to the community setting, Family Practice, and even Addiction Medicine.
Vicki shares, “My experience as the Wellness Nurse at RiverWoods Exeter inspired me to become a Nurse Practitioner. In every position, I have found something new and interesting to learn and love. What I have come to realize is that I am passionate about helping people feel their best. My journey in healthcare allows me to achieve this every day. My inspiration is my mom who practiced nursing until she was 75 years old!”
She continues, “I believe my medical care is just one piece of your wellness approach. I want to partner with you to uncover how we can help you feel your best and accomplish your goals. True wellness is a journey, not a sprint. I look forward to getting to know you and helping you live your best life.”
The entire family at Birch Hill and the RiverWoods Group extend a warm welcome to Vicki and her vision of overall wellness. Contact us to learn more about health care and schedule a virtual tour.