Getting to Know HPA’S Leadership-Ryan Barr

Ryan Barr, Assistant Vice President-Operational Support, has over 25 years of experience in the fitness and wellness industry including 10 years as the General Manager at the Singing River Healthplex, a medically-based fitness and wellness center located in Pascagoula, MS. At Singing River Healthplex, Ryan has been instrumental in leading and supporting the Hospital System’s innovative population health initiatives. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in business management and master’s in business administration (MBA) from Point Park University, Pittsburgh PA. He also holds his certification as a personal fitness trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM); as well as various certifications in Performance Nutrition, Advanced Fitness Programming, and Group Exercise Instruction from the International Sport Sciences Association (ISSA) and MOSSA organizations. As Assistant Vice President Ryan is involved with operational support to HPA’s managed facilities, corporate sales and marketing and plays an active role in further growing the company.  He is active in the Medical Fitness Association (MFA), serving as a state captain and in 2017 he was awarded HPA’s Beverly Slavic Memorial award for excellence and leadership.  Ryan Barr is married with 3 boys, two in high school and one at Mississippi State University.  In his leisure he enjoys boating, golfing, triathlon training and landscaping.

Everest Expedition

Healthplex General Manager Adam Hodges describes the 2021 Everest Expedition: the journey, the challenges, and what happened in the final days when the critical decision was made whether to summit or head back to base camp. Adam is the founder of Ascent for a Cure which seeks to raise awareness and funds for those living with Parkinson’s Disease by climbing the world’s highest peaks and inspiring those around us to get active.

Member Testimony

Another great member testimony from our Singing River Healthplex.

One of the nicest amenities along the entire shoreline of muddy water we call the Mississippi Gulf Coast is located front and center US Highway 90 in Pascagoula. Inside this building you will find the keys necessary to unlock every chain that’s become locked in place,  preventing you from achieving your best possible self. Moreover, inside this building you will find a very diverse, well read, highly disciplined staff of trainers and aerobic instructors accompanied almost always by a pleasantly reassuring blend of doctors, nurses & respiratory technicians attending to their bodies and working towards physical fitness. Logan and his staff have made it hard for you to make excuses. The facility is state of the art, all fitness machines, cardio equipment, the swimming pool, and hot tub are all kept very neat and clean at all times. If you want to be part of the solution rather than the problem, come check the Healthplex Gym out, it would be their absolute pleasure to have you!

-Jon P Clancy Jr

The Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

125 Bronx residents are beneficiaries of a grant that has provided free personalized exercise classes at the Healthplex Fitness Center and cooking classes at the SBH Center for Culinary Medicine/Teaching Kitchen. The program exposes residents in the Bronx community to regular exercise and teaches them how to prepare foods in a healthier manner. Until now, many have followed a lifestyle that includes little if any exercise and a reliance on fast food and/or meals laced with sugar, salt, and empty calories. This has resulted in the community’s high incidence of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.  Read more to see how the new SBH Health and Wellness Center is already having a huge impact on the lives of dozens of people throughout the Bronx.

Montage Health partners with Monterey Bay FC

Montage Health announces partnership with Monterey Bay FC, Monterey Bay’s professional men’s soccer club.  “Part of our mission is to inspire optimal health,” says Dr. Steven Packer, President/CEO, Montage Health. “Partnering with Monterey Bay FC allows our community to be inspired by the athletes to remain active, to be involved in sports, and to come out to a game to promote social and mental well-being.”  As part of the Partnership Monterey Bay FC and Montage will work together to raise the importance of health and wellness in the region. Healthplex’s Montage Wellness Centers will be used for the fitness and physical therapy needs of Monterey Bay FC players.

Employee Walk 10K Challenge

Medical Center Health System and MCH Mission Fitness participated in the Walk 10k Challenge as part of MFA’s Medical Fitness week.  To start things off right, a kick-off was held with a Walk 10k challenge.  Hospital staff joined John Douthitt and Carmen Kenner for a walk around the downtown campus of the Medical Center Health System.

“Working closely with IT, we were able to create a working log on the hospital intranet to facilitate step reporting.  Daily email reminders were sent to the participants to encourage them,” said Carmen Kenner, Mission Fitness Membership Director.  “Many employees enjoyed the challenge so much that they were asking to do this quarterly.”

Eighty-five participants logged a total of 4,493,181 steps during the week for an average of 52,860 steps per day.  Programs like this help employees develop healthy habits and are fun for all those who participate!

Healthplex Featured Wellness Center

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) had long been the healthcare leader in Monterey County, CA when they decided in late 2008 that it was time to think “out of the box” and put increased emphasis on wellness and prevention strategies.  There were several considerations:

– A desire to expand their range of services to keep people in the community healthy.

–  A need to strengthen their market presence in the Marina area, north of Monterey, one of the fastest growing parts of their service area.  This was critical to them, as a large property (formerly the Army’s Fort Ord Military Base) was closed and being turned into a large housing and retail service area.  CHOMP’s leadership foresaw the need for healthcare services in that rapidly growing area and wanted to get ahead of the competition.  By creating a multi-purpose wellness and ambulatory care site, they were able to capture and dominate the market.

–  CHOMP services a large number of retired individuals in this area and has created their own Medicare Advantage plan (“ASPIRE”).  The Montage Wellness Center has become a key element in the success of the plan by attracting seniors and keeping them healthy.

With the success of the Marina site, CHOMP’s leadership team then spun off an additional ‘satellite’ wellness center in Salina to extend their dominance in the entire county.

Exercise Prescription Program

Healthplex Associates’ Pascagoula Mississippi club, Singing River Healthplex, was challenged by their client hospital to create a program that would help improve the health and reduce the healthcare costs of high-risk hospital employees.  E-Rx has successfully met that challenge! Participants are seeing a tremendous improvement in metrics. They are experiencing reduced blood pressure, lower A1-C levels, and improved cholesterol.  View this powerful testimony from the Exercise Prescription Program.

EQT REC Center Supports Youth Athletics

Healthplex’s EQT REC Center created a youth wrestling program which began in December of 2020 and continued throughout the winter months. The wrestling program paved the way for a partnership with Central Greene School District and the wrestling boosters club to host two wrestling tournaments in successive months. The first was a youth tournament held at the end of February. With over 230 registrants and four mats packed into the indoor turf field we were able keep non-stop action throughout the day.  The EQT REC Center is proud to have been a part of this incredible feat from local athletes, many of which have trained at our Center.