Ruth Westreich is passionate about life. The prominent local artist and philanthropist supports a variety of non-profit organizations in the community, including Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.
As president of The Westreich Foundation, she says she is committed to the growth of Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and recently made a gift to support its $12.2 million expansion project. The project will complete the renovation of the center’s first and second floor and add 23,000 square feet of clinical space to extend the healing environment throughout the entire center.
“I have had access to the best that mainstream medicine has had to offer over the past 20 years. As an arthritis and fibromyalgia sufferer, I made nutritional changes and combined complementary medicine modalities, so today, I live relatively pain free,” says Ruth. “This shift to optimum health and wellness will take money and commitment – and The Westreich Foundation is privileged to supply both.”
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine cares for people who face health challenges, such as heart disease, pain, cancer, diabetes and stress, as well as others who want to simply focus on disease prevention. As one of the premier integrative medicine centers in the United States, it offers outstanding medical care, blended with evidence-based complementary therapies to support healing and wellness for patients.
“Many people take better care of their cars than their health,” adds Ruth. “Baby boomers are aging. We all need to be more aware and proactive in our health and wellness. The first step is eating right and thinking about what we are putting into our bodies.” Ruth also serves as a member of the center’s board of advisors and encourages others to get involved in the community. “Find something you care about and make a difference,” says Ruth. “If you can give, you should give – whether that is financially or as a volunteer.”