GALLIPOLIS — Construction on the Holzer Heritage Foundation Wellness Center is well under way, with a focus on interior work and resurfacing the parking lot.
“We anticipate opening our doors to the public in late summer 2016,” said Linda Lester, manager of the Holzer Heritage Foundation.
The center, located at 735 Second Ave.e in Gallipolis, will offer a one-stop approach for wellness and rehab needs. The 15,000-square-foot building will be divided equally and incorporate an integrated program of total health care services, including physical, occupational, speech and massage therapies, health risk assessment, supervised fitness plans, and occupational health services.
There will also be a walking/running track, exercise equipment, massage, sauna, shower and locker area, vending services and a multipurpose meeting room for a variety of fitness classes and educational programs.
“The center will provide residents of Gallia County and the surrounding regional community with the facilities, equipment, knowledge and opportunity to live a healthier, safer and more health conscious lifestyle,” said Dr. Robert Bradley, co-chair of the Physician Giving Committee and Holzer cardiologist.
Programming, according to Mike Hemphill, Holzer wellness coach, goes well beyond what a typical fitness center offers by incorporating the expertise of health care professionals who provide the medical fitness difference.
“Our goal is to be the primary entity for health and wellness and fitness education for local residents and employees,” Hemphill said. “The center will be the main location for expanding health outreach and education programs, resulting in a healthier and better educated community.”
Brent Saunders, chairman of the board of Holzer Health System, added “When the building and property were generously donated by the Eastman family, we felt it would be the perfect location for a wellness center. With its downtown location, convenient access and parking, the center will be a hub of physical activity, education and rehabilitation services for the area. There is a commitment by Holzer to provide the very best preventative and rehabilitative care to the residents we serve.”
“This is a donation-driven project and requires community support,” added Jim Morrison, president of the Holzer Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable, nonprofit organization.
For more information about the project or to donate, call Lester at (740) 446-5217 or email [email protected]