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

Membership Services Director Spotlight….Tyler Lowther

Tyler Lowther is the newest addition to the Healthplex Fitness Center team at St. Barnabas. His role in the Bronx Community and the Healthplex will be a dual one.  As the HFC’s Membership Service Director Tyler will help the hospital’s staff begin their journey in wellness.  Tyler will also have a role as a personal trainer and will work with the Center’s Cabrini patients. The Cabrini Grant funds the wellness program and aims to combat chronic illnesses through exercise and nutrition. Tyler is personally committed to “give back” to members of the Bronx Community. He hopes to give the community access to life changing programs they are often left out of.
A native New Yorker, Tyler grew up in Brooklyn and was a competitive archer for over ten years. He was first introduced to archery while attending a youth summer camp in upstate New York. He fell in love with the sport at the age of 13 after participating in a weekend program for inner city kids taught by the Head Coach (also a Brooklynite) of Columbia University’s Varsity Archery Team. Tyler went on to win the first state national archery competition he entered in 2007, held in Nantasket Massachusetts. His stellar performances at the state level earned him a scholarship to Emmanuel College in Georgia, where he captained the varsity archery team for three years, leading them to a national silver medal in 2017 while earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Communication. Additionally, Tyler earned his personal training certification with the National Academy of Sports Science in 2019.
The sport of archery was Tyler’s introduction to the world of sports performance training. Archery taught him how to develop his mental and physical strength through dedicated training. In addition, it also instilled in him a passion and desire to give back which he is excited to put to practice at the Healthplex Fitness Center at St. Barnabas.

Hospital Based Fitness Center-St. Barnabas Health

Healthplex Associates  announces a new hospital-based fitness center in conjunction with St. Barnabas Health System. The 50,000 sf SBH Health and Wellness Center is opening in the Bronx later this spring. The Center offers a large rooftop garden for fresh vegetables. In addition, they are offering a fitness center and nutritional counseling. Thanks to several grants, the Healthplex will  help hundreds of area residents. Ultimately, the Center aims to show that population health management can make a difference for one of America’s most “at-risk” areas.