Health Care Partnership Celebrated at Myrtle Terraces Ribbon Cutting

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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Dr. Wendy Holmes at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Myrtle Terraces Friday, May 1.

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Dr. Schrader both spoke at the grand opening of ribbon cutting of Myrtle Terraces on Friday, May 1. The facility, which is about a mile from Brenau’s historic Gainesville campus, is an independent living facility for folks aged “55 or better.”

Dr. Wendy Holmes, department chair and associate professor of occupational therapy at Brenau, was recognized publicly for her work in organizing the Brenau interdisciplinary health promotion services. About two years ago, she was asked to take the lead and coordinate with other faculty to work with the Beverly J. Searles Foundation as they planned the construction of Myrtle Terraces.  The plans for the facility included a wellness center and offices for Brenau faculty and students to provide services for promoting the health and wellness of the residents. OT and PT faculty also offered recommendations about the equipment.

Since Myrtle Terraces opened earlier this year Brenau students and faculty in gerontology, nursing, physical therapy, psychology and occupational therapy have worked with the staff of Myrtle Terraces and the B. J. Searles Foundation to provide health promotion events, resources for the residents, a health fair and health screenings. The collaboration with Myrtle Terrace has also allowed students to complete level one fieldwork.

Future plans include continued student clinical and fieldwork placements along with ongoing inter-professional educational activities and services from faculty and students.