Wellness Program Helps Hospital Employee’s Manage Stress


Last month (July) the Healthplex launched a grant funded program at our facility aimed at helping employees who work at St. Barnabas’ Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program (MMTP) to better manage their stress utilizing movement and exercise. Through a hospital funded grant, the Healthplex at St. Barnabas has been able to offer 38 staff members a 1-Year Membership to the Fitness Center. All the participants of this unique and innovative program have access to our state-of-the-art fitness Center, and our extensive group fitness offerings and can take advantage of working with one of our credentialed personal trainers on a 1-1 basis for 12 training sessions.

These employees have very high-stress jobs. Through this program they are able to utilize the gym as a place to learn through movement how to constructively release a bit of that stress while simultaneously improving their overall well-being. The majority of the participants are working out with their trainer during lunch successfully participating in their own self-care by including a mid-day recharge of their minds and bodies. On the days they are not working-out with their trainers many program participants come in during lunchtime to exercise on their own to practice what they are learning in their 1-1 sessions; or, they come in the afternoons to enjoy one of the group fitness classes on offer at the Center like Body Flow, Zumba, or Strength and Conditioning. Participants have stated that having a gym so close to work (literally next door) eliminates any excuses they might have about why they don’t work out; having gained the confidence by working with their trainers has also given them the confidence they need to come to the gym on their own.

Our Personal Trainers are also greatly enjoying working with the employees of the MMTP program, as a lot of these participants have very little to no experience in the fitness world. In fact, one of our trainers proudly claimed that it is incredibly satisfying to get someone to do an exercise that they never believed they could. We have all enjoyed working with the MMTP employees and hope to be able to launch similar programs in the future with other departments.


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.


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