Smith House opens new wellness center

"It's an exercise center, but with education," Hummel said. "I don't think a lot of places do that."

In relocating their physical therapy services to the new wellness center, the Smith House effectively triples their space for that line of treatment. Pierce said the center can accommodate up to 20 people at any given time. "This building has been remodeled so we can provide all the services we provide in Willsboro," said Pierce, noting that the facility could is equipped to deal with more acute medical situations if need be.

Pierce said that the Smith House hopes to add more services at the site in the future, such as mental health counseling, massage therapy, or even yoga.

The Hains were among those present at the building's grand opening. Frank said the center is being utilized just as they hoped it would.

"Physical therapy is such a necessity for people," he said. "The Smith House has done such a good job organizing this. We wanted them to have it because they serve the community so well."

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward also made an appearance, and praised the Smith House for its continuing expansion of services.

If government is going to make the effort of contributing to health care costs, Sayward said, there would have to be more focus on preventative care, thereby preventing more costly treatment for acute problems.

"This building today is a giant step forward in the commitment to do just that," she said.

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