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.​

MRMC Wellness Center’s Transition: Focus on Health

2020 made every fitness center re-evaluate their health and alter their regular exercise routines. The Matagorda Regional Medical Center facility was no exception. MRMC Wellness Center’s transition focuses on health, wellness, and safety. As the major wellness resource in our small community, we are a significant part of the community’s focus for improving overall wellness. We also serve as a place to catch up and socialize with friends. The COVID pandemic definitely put a damper on social gatherings and brick and mortar (face to face) group exercise/personal training.

Our south Texas county was one of the hardest hit with Covid infections and our Hospital was full for weeks with patients. It left our members and MRMC team missing one another and counting down the days until the facility could reopen. Throughout all the changes and losses, we count our daily blessings as we adjust and begin a new normal and continue to work on our overall health/wellness. Some of the changes we implemented at the MRMC Wellness Center’s facility were spacing equipment out, limiting total occupancy capacity, wearing masks, taking daily temperature readings, and adding additional cleaning/disinfecting regimens throughout the day.

Cabrini Grant-Healthplex Fitness Center Bronx, New York

The Healthplex team at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx is opening its doors! The members are participants of an innovative wellness program, made possible by the Cabrini Grant from the Mother Cabrini Foundation. What started as a virtual wellness offering, is turning into in-person training.
 With the re-opening of the Center , the Healthplex team is meeting with roughly 60 participants on a weekly basis. The average age of participants in the program is 40 years old. The participants are being referred from multiple medical providers, with each having one, or multiple chronic conditions.
 Lexis Beato, Fitness Professional at HFC, is meeting with a majority of participants, and is educating them on how to develop consistent, safe, and effective fitness routines. Patients who have never exercised in their lives, are coming into the Center on their off days and performing complex movements. For example,  participants are able to perform squats, deadlifts, and even kettlebell swings, thanks to the guidance and cues Lexis is providing.
Many of the participants are forming new friendships. They are also seeing a dramatic increase in their self-esteem, energy levels, and motivation. For instance, participants are reporting that the changes in their mindset are affecting their home lives.  In addition this is motivating them to seek out healthier alternatives to eat and drink. Many are encouraging their family members to make changes to their habits as well. The changes in the participants’ mental states have been so great that even our trainers are making notes of the changes.  Healthplex is proud to be a part of this community effort that is being made possible by the Cabrini Grant.

Montage Wellness Centers Serve the Needs of California

The Montage Wellness Centers in Marina and Salinas, CA have remained closed since the middle of July 2020. The closure is mandated by the State and County Health Departments as an infection control measure for COVID19. Keeping with our mission, “to serve the population health and wellness needs of the Monterey Peninsula”, Montage Wellness Centers are opening  a large vaccination clinic.  The vaccination clinic is launching on February 10, 2021 in our Marina facility, with over 500 vaccinations distributed. We are building our vaccination doses to 1,000 each day as long as the vaccination supply continues to be provided by State and County sources. Combined, we are inoculating over 10,000 members of the public over age 75 and qualified health care workers.
The Marina facility is transforming into a large vaccination clinic by removing all the cardio equipment from the fitness floor. In addition, the fitness studios are being used as vaccination rooms and administrative support areas. Individuals that qualify for the vaccination follow a five step process after they register online for their designated appointment time. First, all individuals provide proper identification for age or health care worker qualification status. Second, they receive their vaccination cards, with the type of vaccine and lot number. Next, they enter into the registration system. Then, they are eligible to receive their vaccine. After receiving a vaccination, individuals must remain in the observation area for 15 minutes. The entire process upon arrival lasts about 25 minutes.
Several HPA staff members are working in the vaccination clinic and are performing a wide variety of duties. These duties range from front line welcoming service to call desk and registration support. The efforst between medical, fitness and volunteer staff is being praised by the public.  Montage Health is the largest distributer of vaccines in Monterey County. We plan to continue the public vaccination efforts through April and hope to reopen the fitness facilities this summer.

Wellness Centers and the Olive Garden

Mark Twain is famously quoted as having once said “Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated”. I think the same can be said of the fitness industry today. Many people believe that the Covid 19 pandemic is the death knell of this once growing industry. It certainly is only fair to say that the industry, like our population is sick today. But like Mark Twain was at the time, it is still alive! In this case, I am convinced that it will come back to life, slowly perhaps, but when it does, it will be stronger than ever before.
When I was new to the industry and trying to quickly learn as much as I could from the leading experts, I had the opportunity to attend a seminar (back in the days when we did them in person!). The seminar was led by a man who is considered one of the leading experts on health club management. One of his topics was how successful clubs get through the unavoidable down period of the summer months. His lesson was that it was critical to create attractive programming or even special summer-only memberships; anything just to keep people in the club. For many of us who are experiencing those summers when our clubs become ghost towns, we know it’s tough to survive.
 His point is that a successful club must find a way to generate activity and keep people coming in. He likened it to his theory of the Olive Garden. Think about when you go past a new restaurant at dinner time and find the parking lot empty. Chances are you’ll pass it up until you find an Olive Garden where the parking lot is busy and people are waiting in a line that wraps outside, holding beepers to await their turn. Health clubs are similar. While prospective members will always ask “does it get too crowded in here?”, an empty club can be an even bigger deterrent to membership than a robust crowd.
People are social beings and those who think that the only product of any of our wellness centers is to provide equipment for workouts are just dead wrong. Many of our members can afford to buy quality exercise equipment for home use (and many, in fact, do). But they choose to work out in our centers because of the socialization, friendships, companionship and interactions that they get when they join us. It may come slowly, but just watch; there will be a resurgence to the fitness/wellness industry and it will be huge.

5 Tips for Resuscitating your Wellness Center

Click on the link below to view the latest HPA webinar: 5 Tips for Resuscitating your Wellness Center During the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Don Doyle, HPA Vice President of Operations, has over 30 years of experience in the Medical Wellness Industry. Join us as Don shares his top 5 tips to get your wellness center through these challenging times.

Don Doyle, Senior VP – Healthplex Leadership Team

Don Doyle, Senior Vice President – Center Operations, is a valued member of the Healthplex Leadership Team. He has been involved in club operations for over 30 years and is responsible for implementing many successful growth and development strategies. In addition, Don has been a featured speaker at IHRSA, Club Industry, and Medical Fitness Association’s annual conferences. Furthermore, his topics include Managing Based on Industry Benchmarks and Bridging the Gap from Clinical Services to Retail Wellness. He holds a BS in Biology from LaRoche College and a M.Ed. in Exercise Physiology from Slippery Rock University. Don and his wife Josie have four adult children and recently welcomed their first granddaughter. Don is an avid runner and competes in many local and destination races. Undoubtedly, HPA is thankful to have Don on the Healthplex Leadership Team!

Cabrini Grant Enrollee Sees Changes

Daniel Bonilla, Director of Clinical Integration at the St. Barnabas Healthplex Fitness Center, can see that his efforts are changing lives in ways he never could have imagined. In fact, the impact of what he is doing , particularly in an age of Covid, sometimes leaves him in tears. “It’s not just the numbers on the scale that we are changing, but the way these people look at life,” says Bonilla. Healthplex is proud to be a part of this program.  Cabrini Grant Enrollee Sees Changes – SBH Medicine.

Diabetes Prevention Program – Anderson Health

In early January, Anderson Health & Fitness Center received
full recognition for its in-house Diabetes Prevention Program from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the
Department of Health and Human Services. Moreover, this certification states
that AHFC meets all the criteria established by the CDC.

“This designation is reserved for programs that have effectively delivered
a quality, evidence-based program that meets all of the standards
for CDC recognition,” states Miriam Bell, Team Lead for the National
Diabetes Prevention Program. She continues, “As the Team Lead,
it is immensely gratifying to see the science of diabetes prevention
being implemented to improve the public’s health. It is programs
like yours that are turning the tide in the fight against the epidemic
of type 2 diabetes.”
Anderson Health & Fitness Center is planning to kick off
this year’s Diabetes Prevention Program in March. Therefore, community
members that are at risk for prediabetes are encouraged to
participate. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 adults have prediabetes.
Undoubtedly, these high-risk individuals could develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years, without taking any action to change lifestyle.  “This is
a really big deal for us,” says Adam Hodges, General Manager of
Anderson Health & Fitness Center. “We are leading the way in the
fight to prevent type 2 diabetes. In addition, I am incredibly proud of my team
and know that the ultimate reward is the positive impact this will
have on our community.”

Beverly J. Slavic Memorial Annual Award

Congratulations to Renee’ Clark-McDonald Healthplex Associates 2020 recipient of the Beverly J. Slavic Memorial Award. Each year,  HPA selects an individual who best represents the Company’s values through innovation, customer service, teamwork, and dedication.  2020 was a year that caused us to face unprecedented challenges and Renee’ Clark-McDonald played a pivotal role in helping HPA continue our mission in this brave new world. For this reason, Renee’ is an award winner that we would all agree is the “people’s favorite”.