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.

Introducing Healthplex Associates New Partnership

Healthplex Associates, Inc., (HPA) is pleased to announce that it has been named the management firm of the HealthWorks Fitness Center in El Dorado, AR., as of July 2021. HealthWorks is an agency of SHARE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. The mission of SHARE Foundation is to identify, develop and foster programs and services that further the health and well-being of the people of the El Dorado community and surrounding areas. HealthWorks provides wellness facilities and programs designed to impact adverse health outcomes while improving fitness and quality of life.

The HealthWorks Fitness Center Features:
– Personal Training
– Group Fitness
– Lap Pool
– Warm Water Pool
– 2 Water Slides
– Team Training
– KidWorks Program
– Juice Bar

The staff at HealthWorks Fitness Center is now a part of HPA’s family of over 400 employees in seven states. HPA was formed in 1995 with a mission of bringing fitness, health and lifestyle improvement to the communities we serve. Our team of professionals are dedicated to a very special approach to wellness that we bring to every one of our client partners. We are proud to be a part of the HealthWorks team.

​You can visit our Website to learn about Healthplex Associates and the services we provide. Services include feasibility studies for new sites, audits of existing sites, management of existing sites to name a few.​

Culinary Medicine and Teaching Kitchen

The SBH Center for Culinary Medicine and Teaching Kitchen provides in-person classes to the Bronx community members on how to cook easy, nutritious foods.  Chef Emily Schlag, a registered dietitian and the Teaching Kitchen Director, presents classes on her favorite recipes here and introduces her “Simplify Your Life” cooking series with quick, easy-to-make meals that you can make with ingredients often keep at home. Healthplex Associates is proud to be a part of this unique program through the Healthplex Fitness Center. These programs are having a positive impact on the health of the Bronx Community. Follow the SBH Center for Culinary Medicine YouTube channel to learn how to make healthy and delicious recipes in your own home.



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!