Baptist Health extends healthcare outside hospital walls

A vibrant and active life is on display at the Bryant Senior Center, and an effort of the Baptist Health system aims to keep it that way, with a free wellness clinic, set up there once a month. "We do blood pressure screenings, blood sugar screenings. We do cholesterol screenings. We'll do flu shots in the fall. And we do diabetes risk assessments at this wellness center," said Teresa Conner with Baptist Health Community Outreach. If the seniors score high on the risk assessment test, they'll be given a glucose screening, and health professionals can, and have discovered new diabetes cases. They also help in other ways. Maurice Thompson, already knew he had diabetes, and keeps a check on his blood sugar by using the clinic. "One of the medicines I wasn't taking properly. I was taking it at bed time, and I should have been taking it with a meal. So, that dropped my blood sugar considerably. Now, I'm kind of flat out where I should be," Thompson explained. He even received help putting together his new glucose meter that he uses at home. "They've been such a tremendous help and support for other people, and yeah, I'd recommend it. Come down, come in, and participate," Thompson said. The Baptist Wellness Clinic is open on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bishop Park in Bryant.