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Helping Promote Wellness and Prevent Disease and Illness

Avista Adventist Hospital is committed to to helping our community members live a healthy lifestyle that promotes wellness and prevents disease and illness through a variety of community health and wellness programs.

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  • Avista Therapy Dog Program

    The therapy dogs and their handlers are a welcome distraction from illness or pain by bringing laughter and encouragement to everyone they meet. It’s always a joy to see one of our dogs providing comfort and bringing smiles to patients, their families and our staff when it’s needed most. Donations to this program ensure scholarships, uniforms, rewards, incentives, program candidate promotion, and community outreach programs.

    Donate Online to the Therapy Dog Program

    Meet our Therapy Dogs

  • Balance & Fall Prevention

    Move with Strength and Confidence 

    Among older Americans, falls are the leading cause of death. They can also diminish your ability to lead an active and independent life. It’s estimated that one third of people over the age of 65 and almost half of the people over the age of 80 will fall at least once this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20-30 percent of those falls will result in moderate to severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and bone fractures. However, falls can be dramatically decreased through education, exercise and mindfulness. 

    Our program can help you understand and reduce the factors that place you at greater risk for a fall. Statistics show that individualized multi-dimensional exercise programs yield significant improvements in balance, mobility and awareness.

    This program includes a comprehensive assessment to help identify:

    • Existing medical conditions that may contribute to an increased risk of falling
    • Fall hazards and risks related to the home environment and activities
    • The need for and correct utilization of assistive devices
    • A specific exercise program to improve strength, mobility and balance

    Who can benefit from this program?

    • Adults age 65 and over
    • Individuals concerned with falling
    • Those that have experienced falls in the past
    • Those who just don’t move or walk with the confidence they used to have
    • Those with muscle weakness and limited mobility
    • Those who complain of dizziness or lightheadedness
    • Individuals with problems with the senses, such as vision or numbness in their feet

    What are the benefits of participating in this program?

    • Better understanding of how to reduce the risks of falls in the home
    • Develop better strength and improve balance
    • Avoid injury and hospitalization
    • Live independently with strength and confidence

    About us

    Our developer of the Balance and Falls Prevention Program is specifically trained and certified in fall prevention as well as being a licensed physical therapist. We offer a variety of programs for both the individual needing one on one treatment (including treatment for vertigo) as well as affordable group classes to improve balance, educate in falls prevention and increase safe activity to those of ALL abilities. 

    Stepping On

    Stepping on is a 7-week class series for adults 65 and over that meets once per week for two hours. Subjects covered include: the role vision plays in keeping balance, how medications can contribute to falls, ways to stay safe when out in your community and how to check your home for safety hazards.


    This 7-week class series that meets once a week and is for those who want to increase self confidence and decrease falls, or fear of falling.

    Tai Chi for Health and Arthritis

    Tai Chi for Health meets once a week for 7-weeks is a gentle and easy to learn form of exercise that will improve strength, coordination,
    awareness and mobility. All levels will be appropriately challenged by this class.

    Individual Physical Therapy

    Through evaluation and assessment of various  disorders and deficits  the patient will participate in treatment based specifically on his/her challenges and goals, including the treatment for BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), dizziness, balance deficits from stroke or Parkinson’s or joint replacement. 

  • Love What Nourishes You - Healing Breast Cancer with Flavor

    Love What Nourishes YouHealing Breast Cancer with Flavor

    Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, learn how to be a partner in prevention of breast cancer as well as healing through nutrition. Discover what factors make a woman at higher risk for breast cancer as well as appropriate screenings for women at higher risk. Specific foods can help heal and certain foods make it difficult to heal. Learn which delicious foods can help your immune system and body heal if you’ve received a breast cancer diagnosis and how to add to your diet as an important step in prevention.

    The cost is $15 per person.

    Register Today

    About Our Instructors

    Jette Hogenmiller is a medical oncology nurse practitioner at Avista Adventist Hospital and evangelist for healthy eating that is neither boring nor tasteless. Hogenmiller, who also holds a PhD in psychometrics and cancer preven¬tion, believes what we put in our bodies is an important step in preventing a host of diseases.

    Gerlinde Tynan, MD, FACS is a is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in breast cancer at Avista Adventist Hospital. Dr. Tynan believes in empowering women to make the best decisions possible for their health. She is an advocate for her patients and all women fighting breast cancer.

    Keith Jones is a world-renowned Executive Chef who currently serves as the executive chef at Mountain High Appliance. Chef KDJ has been around the world as an executive chef, professional demonstrator, TV host, and more. Jones studied under certified Master Chef Edward Janos for eight years, learning clas¬sical French cuisine and techniques.