Oneida Indian Nation Health Services opened its brand new Reflection Room at their location in Dream Catcher Plaza. The room, which was the vision of Commissioner of Nation Administration Kim Jacobs (Wolf Clan), provides a quiet, private space for patients and their families – as well as staff – that is separate from the more sterile clinical offices.

“It is recognized that when we are under stress or have issues beyond our control, taking a moment to take a deep breath and center ourselves is a positive method of self-care,” Heidi Vernold, the Nation’s Health Operations Manager, said when describing the room. She sees the new space as another tool to provide patients the highest quality care.

The room’s peaceful atmosphere lends itself to a variety of uses. Heidi outlined the center’s focus on maternal-child health so soon-to-be and new moms can get the education they need in a comfortable setting. She also said auricular acupuncture with guided mediation can be conducted in the room.

“Oneida Indian Nation Health Services mission is to provide the highest quality care to the patients, mind, body and spirit,” she said. “The staff’s well-being is important as well to ensure we provide the best, compassionate care to our patients and their families.”