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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Last fall, Health Restoration Systems, a company specialized in therapeutic treatment for chronic illnesses and injuries, opened to the world a one-of-kind recovery center. They built it on 25 acres near the entrance to Zion National Park in southern Utah and named it The Bridge. The goal: to bring hope to individuals with difficult medical conditions and restore health to their lives.

Daren Brooks, the president of Health Restoration Systems, told me that people suffering from chronic illnesses are often misunderstood. They've usually sought the help of health care providers, but despite the best efforts, could never fully recover.

Daren told me that The Bridge recovery program is designed to improve many chronic conditions, including pain, fatigue, depression, obesity, hypertension and anxiety. The Bridge staff includes a physician, physical therapist, registered nurse, registered dietician, massage therapist, clinical psychologist and personal trainer. Many of the best lecturers and therapists are also flown in from across the nation. Daren said the staff attends to every individual on a personal level, addressing all aspects of their health that could be contributing to their condition.

After much anticipation, the Bridge is finally releasing data and results on its first-year effectiveness. They've found a 73 percent reduction in pain per individual over the three-week stay. And more than 66 percent of those who attended the program were able to get back to a meaningful life and work. In fact, The Bridge guarantees results. If an individual shows no improvement and does not meet the objectives established in the primary diagnosis, they won't be billed.

Daren also told me that anyone struggling to regain his or her health is welcome. But they must come ready for change and prepared to work. And for those who are ready, The Bridge offers new hope for recovery and life.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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