HaysMed’s Center for Health Improvement Celebrating 15 years Making a Difference in the Hays Community
HAYS, Kan. (Feb 14, 2017) The Center for Health Improvement at HaysMed will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this month with a series of events highlighting fifteen years of making a difference in the Hays Community. The public can attend all group fitness classes for free from February 20–25. On Tuesday, February 21 the community is invited to utilize the facility at no charge. Saturday, February 25, The Center will be offering free throwback fitness classes, come and go from 9 am – 11am in the gymnasium.
In honor of the 15th anniversary, The Center is offering a special $15 health enrollment fee for anyone joining The Center in 2017. No agreement is required, but monthly dues still apply.
It’s been 15 years since the Center for Health Improvement opened its doors as the first medically integrated fitness center in Kansas. The HaysMed governing board approved The Center in September 2000, ground breaking was in November of that same year and the fitness center opened in February 2002.
In 2002, the concept of medically integrated fitness centers was relatively new in the United States. Dr. John Jeter, President and CEO of HaysMed was an instrumental force in moving this project forward. “HaysMed is very fortunate to have one of the most premier medical fitness facilities in the country,” he said. “Medically integrated health and fitness centers are defining the future of professionally administered programs and services to an aging population and are improving outcomes for clients/patients with chronic disease and multi risk factors.”
The Center of Health Improvement is not just a gym. It is a premier health facility that continues to set the standard for disease prevention, exercise, rehabilitation and health education. It is the only certified medical fitness center in the state and is recognized by the Medical Fitness Association.
The Center offers group fitness and aquatics classes, led by certified instructors. Classes are available to accommodate the beginner to the experienced; and also for specific populations
The Aquatics center offers arthritis classes in a warm water therapy pool, water aerobics, prenatal water classes, and water yoga.
The Center, a 94,000 square foot facility, houses a full court gymnasium, aquatic center, indoor track, play center, and two levels of cardio and weight machines. Services available at The Center include medical exercise services, nutrition/weight management, massage, personal training and wellness coaching.
Clinical services that are available include Cardiac Rehab, Outpatient Rehabilitation, Sleep Center and Neurodiagnotics, Southwind Surgical and Hays Orthopedic Institute.
The Center has eyes to the future. “It’s vital for health systems to continue to prepare for the ongoing changes in the nation’s healthcare system under healthcare reform, said Stephanie Howie, Fitness Director. “The Center has positioned itself well to play an integral role in helping people stay well, keeping them out of the hospital and preventing unnecessary readmissions.”
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