Field Trip

It was a short school/clinic week, which was greatly needed. Every trimester has a point where everything seems to pile up whether its school, patients, work, or summer travel. This week that point was reached, so having Thursday and Friday off for the Homecoming celebration in Lombard was great.

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On Wednesday, Student Clinic interns took a field trip to Standard Process in Palmyra, Wisconsin; I'm pretty sure it was my first field trip since high school. Standard Process is a supplement company that prides itself on high quality products that are sold through health care professionals. The trip includ0ed a tour of the manufacturing facility, the certified organic farm, and several lectures from employees and doctors on staff there. 

Standard Process' mission statement includes a dedication to the:

  • Whole Person by fostering the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health of its customers and employees;
  • Whole Product by emphasizing the importance of concentrated whole foods and herbs in its product line;
  • Whole Process by ensuring the highest quality in every state of development from farming through shipping;
  • Whole Planet by utilizing environmentally safe farming, manufacturing, and business practices; and
  • Whole Posterity by preserving and strengthening the company for all future generations.

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My week concluded with a trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, to visit my partner's family. We arrived Thursday evening and had a late dinner of homemade lasagna and chocolate cake. My partner's mother recently redid her kitchen, living room, and added a deck onto her house. So, Friday consisted of lots of shopping for furniture, décor, and paint colors to finish the project.

On Saturday, we went to downtown Cincinnati for dinner and drinks, and I have to tell you, I was really impressed. The downtown is really beautiful and consists of many different "areas," each with their separate vibe. We spent most of the evening in the "Banks" area, which is new development right along the Ohio River. For the most part, it was a really relaxing weekend with the majority of it being spent lounging on his mother's beautiful new deck.