Integrative Health Takes Center Stage at the Chambers Center for Well Being
Atlantic Health System has recently opened the Chambers Center for Well Being, a state-of-the-art facility providing a holistic approach to health and wellness in a 20,000-square-foot space at 435 South Street in Morristown. The Center for Well Being houses Atlantic Health System’s integrative medicine program, dedicated to providing the latest therapies and lifestyle management programs for treating the whole person.
Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, is one of the largest nonprofit healthcare systems in New Jersey. It includes Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, and Goryeb Children’s Hospital.
The Chambers Center for Well Being is the result of extensive efforts by visionary donors and Atlantic Health System leadership to incorporate many aspects of world medicine into a personalized approach to care. As changes in the delivery of healthcare increase, Atlantic Health System is focusing on the growth of health, wellness, and prevention programs through the center.
“The Chambers Center for Well Being solidifies Atlantic Health System’s commitment to providing healthcare consumers with the types of programs that target vitality,” said Linda Reed, RN, MBA, vice president, Integrative and Behavioral Medicine, Atlantic Health System. “While conventional medicine is critical, the benefits of integrative medicine prove that health is more than the absence of disease—it is a cohesive balance of body, mind and spirit that can lift individuals to their highest state of wellness.”
The center is also home to Atlantic Integrative Medical Associates. These practitioners focus on disease prevention, holistic medicine, and lifestyle change to preserve and restore health by combining the best of conventional Western medicine with other global healing traditions. “The team of physicians and professionals at the Chambers Center for Well Being will work with each patient to develop a personalized roadmap to health to prevent and treat disease,” said Mimi Guarneri, MD, senior advisor for center. A pioneer in the integrative medicine field, Dr. Guarneri founded the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and Guarneri Integrative Health at Pacific Pearl La Jolla. “Our goal is to be a partner to patients and empower them to make positive lifestyle changes.”Under Dr. Guarneri’s guidance, Atlantic Health System collaborated with industry leaders to create a unique and personalized experience, ensuring the Chambers Center for Well Being is at the forefront of integrative and functional medicine.
In addition to providing integrative medical care, the center offers a variety of wellness programs including massage, acupuncture, meditation, Chinese herbal consultation, yoga and Tai Chi, lifestyle coaching, energy therapy, and stress reduction. There are also classes on cooking and nutrition, emotional freedom techniques, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Nia, Pilates, Qi Gong, Zumba, and singing bowls. The Dr. Dean Ornish Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program will soon be featured, providing a lifestyle change option for patients who have experienced a cardiac event.
“It is unusual for a health system to support programs that ultimately aim to keep patients out of its hospitals, but this is exactly the goal,” Reed noted, adding, “Atlantic Health System has been pioneering efforts in mind-body medicine since 1993. As healthcare moves from fee-for-service to fee-for-value, the important aspect is the overall health and wellness of our patients, and this is reflected in the Chambers Center for Well Being.”
Designed by the Rockwell Group, an award-winning architectural and design firm, the center also features the Luvo Café, offering a menu of healthy meals that include natural, organic and gluten-free options, and the Well Being Marketplace, selling specialized products such as medical-grade supplements, skin care products, cookbooks, and more.
Another feature of Chambers is the Learning Center, which provides education, training, and certification for medical professionals. It also offers certification courses for individuals interested in becoming integrative health professionals or those seeking certification in massage therapy, healing therapy, healing touch, and health coaching.
Atlantic Health Integrative Medicine has been fortunate to collaborate with Dr. Deepak Chopra on integrative treatments for many years. With the opening of the Chambers Center for Well Being, that relationship has intensified, bringing Chopra signature services to an east coast home. Dr. Chopra will be collaborating with the center to develop and deliver his noted programs in stress reduction, meditation, restoration, and perfect health. Dr. Chopra has also enlisted the Chambers Center for Well Being as an upcoming partner in his ground-breaking research into personalized medicine and the genome.
In an effort to assist the communities Atlantic Health serves in exploring the world of healthy living and integrative medicine, the Chambers Center for Well Being will host a number of guest lectures and book signings open to the public.
For more information about the Chambers Center for Well Being’s offerings and to check out the schedule of events, visit ChambersCenterforWellBeing.org.