Simonds-Hurd Complementary Care Center
HealthAlliance Hospital - Burbank Campus
275 Nichols Road, Fitchburg, MA 01453
Contact Number: 978-665-5800 (Lynn Gerrits Director)
Medical Web Site: www.healthalliance.com
Complementary Care Center Class Site:
Travel to the Center
Simonds-Hurd Complementary Care Center is in a Central Location for these communities:
- Westminster (15 min.), Gardner (20 min.) , Princeton (20 min.),
- Leominster (15 min.), Lancaster (20 min.), Ashburnham (20 min.),
- Ashby (15 min.), Devens (25 min.), Townsend (15 min.), Pepperell (25 min.),
- Southern New Hampshire: Wilton (30 min.), Greenville (20 min.),
- Milford (30 min.), Rindge (25 min.), Jaffrey (30 min.)
The Simonds-Hurd Complementary Care Center enhances the quality of life by promoting wellness, supporting recovery, encouraging resilience and building strengths. All classes are open to the public and some require a small fee. To register and for more details, call 978-665-5800
We are a hospital-based complementary care center dedicated to offering integrative practices that promote optimal wellness. The center's goal is to enhance quality of life by promoting wellness, supporting recovery, encouraging resilience and building strengths, in concert with traditional care through each stage of an adult's life.
Complementary health care
Complementary health care is an approach to health and well-being that uses methods not considered part of traditional Western medical practices. As the name implies, complementary health care should be used with, not in place of, the medical care provided by your physician.
Complementary care covers a wide range of approaches, including various philosophies of healing and many types of therapies. They are often referred to as holistic, meaning that good health involves the well-being of all aspects of a person including emotional, physical and spiritual (mind, body and spirit). These methods stem from the belief that health can be improved if all aspects of a person's life are addressed. Many of these therapies are termed preventive, meaning that the complementary care provider educates and provides the tools to keep health problems from arising.
A person who uses complementary therapy often benefits from a sense of empowerment. In seeking care in addition to conventional medicine, one is taking a more active role in his or her health care. Science has shown that one's emotional state can affect health. Many people respond well to complementary treatments because they induce a sense of well-being while often relieving symptoms of the medical condition itself.
Examples of Mind-body Interventions
These are designed to enhance the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms. These therapies can bring clarity of mind, build the immune system, and promote strength, endurance, flexibility and balance.
Some mind-body practices include:
- Meditation and guided imagery
- Qigong and tai chi
- Wellness coaching
- Expressive therapies (art, dance and music)
- Yoga and pilates
- Stress Management
Here is a listing of current programs offered at the center
- 2012 Fall calendar (PDF format 738 Kb).
- 2013 Winter Calendar
Here is a listing of past programs offered at the center
From the east: Take Route 2 West to Exit 32 (Route 13 North). Take Route 13 North toward Lunenburg until Route 13 ends at the Route 2A stoplight (approximately 4.5 miles). Turn left and head west on Route 2A. At the first set of traffic lights, turn right onto John Fitch Highway. Continue to the rotary at Route 31 and turn left. Shortly after turning, look for the Burbank Campus on the hill on the right.
From the west: Take Route 2 East to Exit 31B (Route 12 North). Take Route 12 North toward Fitchburg for 1.7 miles. Turn right at Bemis Road at traffic light. Proceed through four traffic lights and a blinking yellow light until the rotary at Route 31 and turn left. Shortly after turning, look for the Burbank Campus on the hill on the right.
Here is a larger map of the region.