In the Ring and Off the Streets-Boxing Program

The SBH Healthplex Fitness Center’s BRAG Boxing Program was recently featured in the Daily News. The BRAG Program launched last fall and helps at-risk youth redirect their energy into something positive. Read the full article here

 

 

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment.

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.

 

The Fitness Business Podcast: Managing Both your Mission and Margin

HPA’s Don Doyle, SVP-Center Operations was recently interviewed on the Fitness Business Podcast. Don is a seasoned veteran of the health and wellness industry. He has been involved in club operations for over 20 years and has been responsible for implementing many successful growth and development strategies. In this Special Thinking Ahead episode, Don and Jason Stowell discuss the best way to manage your member’s visits. They also dive into the economic challenges to meeting both mission and margin in the health and wellness industry. Listen to the Podcast Here

 

 

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment.

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.

 

What is a Fitness Professional’s Role in Dealing with Emotional Problems?

For anyone working in a gym setting, encountering a member or client who started an exercise program to help them deal with some sort of depression, or anxiety, is something that happens almost on a daily basis. This person has either heard from someone or read online about the mood altering effects exercise can have on an individual. Sometimes these individuals will openly share their personal stories with their trainer, and explain that exercise is acting as medicine to combat their mental issues.

Sometimes an individual is exercising simply to help improve their health, but has started to experience a reduction in their anxiety, depression, or even anger levels. So they continue to visit the gym.

For a fitness professional, this is not the time to offer advice, this is a time to listen, a time to learn. The advice and guidance comes much later on.

Oftentimes when a client approaches us and begins to talk about the difficulties they are experiencing, our natural instincts are to share our own experiences and offer any advice we can. This is due to our job requiring us to be constantly informed, constantly offering solutions, and constantly being engaged in conversation with someone. This can lead us to alienate or even push the person away, and come off as a “know it all,” or even worse, as dismissive. Someone going through any form of mental issues might not need that at the moment. This is our moment to be a listener and sympathize with their situation.

Similar to our position in terms of pain, we do not diagnose, we do not treat. We work around the pain, and we offer modifications to exercises that cause pain. In terms of mental health, a fitness professional should not be diagnosing, or offer solutions to their issues. We should listen, and be someone they look forward to seeing at the gym.

 

 

 

Daniel Bonilla, Clinical Integration Director, SBH Healthplex Fitness Center


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment.

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.

 

Lung-evity

It’s common to follow the path of least resistance. We rather copy than create. But what if we judge the 100-pixel picture by the five pixels everyone else is seeing? What if we attack covid based on those five pixels? The result will be unsightly.

For our health systems to experience a massive breakthrough with this pandemic, it will require a willingness to step back, to remove our nose from the screen. Not intending to digress, but progress. When we step back, we can see more of the picture. And the vista will beckon creative, proactive solutions.

If “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” how can we proactively lessen covid’s effects? Singing River Healthplex sought to answer this question. After much collaboration between its degreed trainers, they designed Lung-evity. Its goal is simple: boost cardiorespiratory fitness. Over the course of two half-hour sessions, participants learn natural ways to boost immune health. The trainers teach them about target heart rate zones, interval training, deep breathing, and stress management techniques. In taking this proactive approach, Lung-evity graduates should be better equipped to resist covid’s symptoms if they contract the virus.

To squash this pandemic and serve our hospitals well, let’s consider proactive solutions. Let’s do what’s uncommon.

 

 

 

Logan Stogner, Fitness Director of Singing River Healthplex


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment.

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.

 

Family Fitness Programming

May is Family Wellness Month. This month families are encouraged to focus on healthy family lifestyles and habits. Healthplex’s Center for Fitness and Health developed family-friendly programming to enhance its “gym community.” With the support of Penn Highlands Mon Valley Hospital, the Center was able to create programs for families as a whole. Initially, the Center focused on the “other pandemic” – obesity and childhood obesity. Developing activities such as Family Yoga and Family Swim gave families the opportunity to train and workout together. In addition, our youth program, Gym Class Heroes, provided a chance for children ages 5 to 10 to experience a group exercise class at the Center. As health and wellness leaders in the community, the Center for Fitness and Health is working hard to allow members to focus on their families’ health and establish healthy habits. The effort was a success, as the Center grew its teen membership by 20%. Fitness Director, Chad Vorderbrueggen, had this to say about the initiative; “our team has always been there to better the health and wellness of the region’s young athletes – we all felt that it is also our mission to help and support the kids that aren’t participating in sports.”


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment.

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.

 

Member Testimonial

The synergy between a hospital and medical fitness center can have a large impact on the population health of a community. This member testimonial from HPA’s Center for Fitness and Health is a great example.

 

“The nurses upstairs at cardio rehab suggested I join the gym. I was on the fence about it but decided to give it a try. Never being a member of a gym I wasn’t sure what to expect other than I knew I needed guidance. So I spoke with Sean one of the personal trainers at the gym and filled him in on my health concerns and what my goals were. From that very first time meeting him he made me feel comfortable and at ease. Between Sean, Tim and Chad they make you feel like family and they talk to you not down at you if you have any questions about a machine or proper technique. There is enough variety of machines and free weights to fit any program you choose to follow. They gym is clean and spacious. Have to give a big shout out to Sean for challenging me as he calls it to making me be the best I can be and the patience he shows when he has to explain a machine or exercise he wants you to do more than once. Sean, Tim and Chad make going to the gym fun and not a chore.” Randy K.


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment.

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.

 

11th Anniversary

May marks Montage Wellness Center’s 11th anniversary! Congratulations on 11 years of being Monterey Peninsula’s premier health system-based fitness center. As a celebration of their anniversary Montage is offering a free Better U lecture series which includes daily lectures, screenings, and events to celebrate. Each lecture is complemented with a free screening to help community members get started on the right track towards a better you.

Montage Wellness Centers in Marina and Salinas.


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment.

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.

 

Back To The Gym Safely

Healthplex’s very own Montage Wellness Center was featured in the Monterey County Herald. Read the article Below:

 

This time of year tends to inspire good intentions for adopting healthier habits, like returning to the gym. During 2021 as gyms began to reopen, many of us sought reassurance that it was safe to do so after the COVID pause.

Just as important, though, is being safe from a fitness standpoint, given the lack of physical activity that many of us experienced during the height of the pandemic. “Most area gyms, including our Wellness Centers, have long followed COVID protocols as set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Monterey County to protect members,” says Christopher Range, general manager of Montage Wellness Centers in Marina and Salinas.

Range, who has a master’s degree in sports science and is a certified strength and conditioning coach, says that COVID protocols for gyms include spacing equipment further apart, social distancing, wearing a mask, wiping down equipment before and after use, and limiting the size of group exercise classes.

He notes that those who have been out of the exercise habit, or those who are new to exercising, should check with their doctors before embarking on an exercise regime. “None of this means you shouldn’t get back to the gym and exercise, it just means that there may be modifications you need to make to do it safely,” he says.

After an absence of nearly 10 years, 60-year-old Sunil Pasala, along with his wife, rejoined Montage Wellness Center in Marina in August 2021.

“We were members for about four months, but got sidetracked and stopped going,” says Pasala, a computer programmer and application developer at CSU-Monterey Bay. After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2003, and suffering two heart attacks and undergoing open heart surgery in 2018, his doctor, cardiologist and his wife agreed that regular exercise were necessary if Pasala wanted to live a long, healthy life.

“Because of medications and diabetes, along with inactivity, I had lost a lot of muscle mass and strength,” Pasala says. “I wanted to rebuild before it was too late or too advanced. I felt comfortable with the COVID protocols, but was concerned about injuring myself.”

As with all new and returning Wellness Center members, he underwent health, functional and mobility assessments, and decided to work with a personal trainer. Coincidentally, his trainer Zach Thomas is a graduate of CSUMB, earning a certification from the American College of Sports Medicine in November
2020.

“Sunil was my first client at the Wellness Center,” Thomas says. “We designed a program around his goals and assessment results, and he’s made amazing progress in just a few months.” Pasala completed his training with Thomas in late October and works out at the center at least four times a week. He and his wife also attend his core workout classes twice a week. “Sunil was ready to go on day one and is always willing to put in the work,” Thomas says.

“Zach helped me progress slowly and safely,” says Pasala. “I went from doing leg presses with 40 pounds to 150 pounds and leg curls with 30 pounds to 100 pounds. I enjoy working out and can see that I am regaining upper and lower body strength, muscle mass and better health.”

Pasala isn’t the only one who has returned to the gym, either.

“We’re seeing a two-fold increase in personal training at our facilities,” says Range. “People have said they really need to learn how to exercise safely and in a way that they get the most out of it.” If you’re thinking about joining or rejoining a gym, Range offers three suggestions that could increase the likelihood that you’ll stick with it.

  • Choose a location within 5 to 7 miles of home or work or along the route you travel.
  • Tour the facility to make sure you’re comfortable with the people who work and work out there, that their strength training and cardio equipment is in good working order, and passes the eye and smell test for cleanliness.
  • Make sure they offer options that you enjoy, such as swimming and group fitness classes.

In case you need one more reason to get back to the gym, Range points out that inactivity is a risk factor for many conditions, including severe COVID-19.

He cites a Kaiser Permanente Medical Center study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that strongly associates regular physical activity with reduced odds for severe COVID-19 among infected adults, which stated, “Study participants who consistently met the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for physical activity had lower odds of being hospitalized, requiring ICU admission or dying from COVID than those who were inactive. Even activity levels that did not meet
the guidelines were shown to reduce risk.”

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week, or 20 minutes of vigorous exercise three days a week. Moderate exercise intensity is equivalent to a brisk walk or moderate bike ride, while vigorous exercise intensity is equivalent to uphill bike riding or jogging.

“Infection control is critical across Montage,” Range says. The hot tub, spa and steam rooms remain closed at the time of this writing. “As with many fitness facilities, proof of vaccination is not required to work out, but a vast majority of our members are vaccinated. All in-person staff throughout the Montage system are fully vaccinated.”

“Regular physical activity is now a big part of my life,” says Pasala. “I know that I am improving my health, level of fitness and quality of life. And it’s something I really enjoy.”

Melanie Bretz lives in Monterey and has written on a wide range of topics, including health care, during a writing career spanning more than 30 years.

Mission Fitness Visits Aphasia Center

One of the biggest differences between a medical fitness center and a gym is that medical fitness centers focus on the overall wellness of the community. HPA’s Mission Fitness located in Odessa, TX is an important component of the West Texas community. They recently visited the Aphasia Center of West Texas. The communication challenges of aphasia usually follow brain injury such as stroke. The fitness center was able to provide attainable exercises for people with aphasia.

 

 

 

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

Bridget’s Story

The basic idea behind the Medical Wellness Center is to shift the focus of health care from “sickness” to “health” and to provide physicians a place/program for patient referral to continue their change in lifestyle. This lifestyle change has an emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion. Bridget’s Story below from Healthplex’s Wellness Center of URMC shows the clinical benefits of having a wellness center as part of the continuum of care.

 

Life Has Proven to Me How Exercise is the Medicine Which Continually Rewards

 

My name is Bridget Rogers. I’ve been married 12 years and have two incredible children.

 

I was in an automobile accident in 2007.  My neck broke, causing nerve root avulsion to my right bicep and anterior deltoid. With limited use of my right arm, I’ve had intermittent occupational and physical therapy to resist the unavoidable atrophy.

The last round of PT I underwent with the Physical Therapy Department of URMC was nearly five years ago.  Once introduced to the Wellness Center right next door, I was instructed on how to properly utilize a variety of machines to target specific parts of my body needing the work.  I experienced Aquatic Therapy which further advanced my recovery of strength and flexibility.  The environment of the facility was clean and cared for.  I was convinced to join after learning the benefits I received from my visits to the TWC, I could see and more importantly feel the improvements to my ability.  Now able to maintain the appropriate exercise regime for myself, therapy is a thing of the past.  I not only continue my learned routine from therapies for my right arm but can expand on any part of me I desire conditioning.

Becoming a member of TWC has persuaded me to stay active and fend off the aches and pains resulting from a lack of motivation.  Establishing a good, concentrated habit.  I’m always greeted with a smile by a kind, knowledgeable staff member, leaving me positively impressed.  I can take advantage of the KidZone, having a caring associate supervise my children on days I choose not to miss a workout or take part in any number of the group lessons, which also encourages me socially.

 

The Wellness Center will always have my thanks for contributing to my physical improvement.  I recommend TWC for anyone who seeks to increase their health, developing a steady flow of exercise with a positive concern for their individual wellness.

Sincerely,

Bridget Rogers

Wellness Center Member

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.