Davis Medical Center’s Market Place is an innovative approach to better health

ELKINS — As local “buzz” builds about DMC’s new coffee café, officials explain it is but an anchor to a new hospital space dedicated to healthful living and wellness.

The Market Place will be an inviting space designed for today’s changing healthcare consumer.   From casual gatherings to the front door of a Food Farmacy, it will deliver a more innovative experience than the traditional hospital lobby.

Dr. Catherine Chua, FAAFP, FMNM, CPE, Davis Health System Chief Medical Officer explained.

“Within the walls of Davis Medical Center are the greatest clinical and medical professionals in the region. Market Place is a natural location to inspire a healthier community, and we’ve reimagined it to be a neighborhood wellness space.”

Market Place will host a variety of health-centered programs, services and classes like educational programming, nutritional resources and fitness classes, wellness counseling and a Food Farmacy. It intends to make better health more convenient.

Chua said she hopes the Market Place becomes a catalyst for changing the behaviors that land our state at the bottom of the health rankings lists. “Here, people are encouraged to discover, improve and forever change their lives. This will happen as we help them create practical goals and the way we think about nutrition, activity and wellness. “

The project will be completed in two phases.  Phase One includes the design of a Starbucks, We Proudly Serve, and comfortable space for relaxing and recharging. Following a harrowing 18 months of the pandemic, Vance Jackson, CEO, said the café brings a comfortable, casual place for staff to gather or spend time away from the units.

“Coronavirus is stressing our staff to the highest levels.  Leadership teams are actively looking for ways to support the emotional, spiritual and physical health of our employees.  Along with a newly refurbished “Serenity Room”, Market Place is designed encourage a positive and healthy work place,” said Jackson.

Chua added they also hope Market Place will help attract top-notch employees, clinicians, nurses and providers. 

“Recruitment is so challenging now.  Our natural geography, low crime rates and lower cost of living have much to offer young medical professionals.  Market Place communicates that Davis Health is serious about innovative care, community health and creating patient experiences you don’t typically find in rural health systems.”

Café construction will finish in December, however, it will be open exclusively to employees of Davis Health System through early 2022.

“During the months of December and January, our café clientele is limited to employees.  This will allow new staff to properly train with a lower volume crowd, and respect visitation restrictions due to Covid,” said Tracy Fath, DHS VP of Marketing and Development.  “We’ll be excited to open our doors to the entire community after our “soft opening”.

Phase Two of Market Place will transform the current west end Visitor Entrance into a space for health education, fitness and wellness classes, Population Health activities, and the future home of DMC’s Food Farmacy store.  This phase will be completed in early 2023.

Revenue from the café will support community programs, classes and clinical resources available in the Market Place. 

“Working with the DHS Foundation, we will reinvest in the Market Place, and other health system programs that promote community wellness,” said Fath.