New Wellness Center to be dedicated Sunday

Thursday, September 7, 2006

On Sunday, St. John's Hospital-Cassville and members of the local South Barry County Hospital board will be celebrating the opening of the new Jack Byrd Wellness Center. A public open house and ribbon cutting are planned at the Center, which is located in the newly renovated basement of the hospital in Cassville. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a formal dedication of the Center and a few words from Hospital President Gary Jordan. Those who attend the open house will also have the opportunity to tour the 10,000-square-foot space.

"This project should be the pride of the community," Jordan said.

Funding for the project was provided from several sources, including the Jack Byrd Trust, which is controlled by the local hospital board, and St. John's Health system. Individuals and businesses from the community also donated equipment for the facility. According to Jordan, the project cost in excess of $800,000 to complete.

The Wellness Center, which triples the hospital's cardiac rehab space, includes four physical therapy rooms, a whirlpool room with three set-ups, two speech therapy rooms, an occupational therapy room, an occupational therapy kitchen, a cardiac rehab education room and a large cardiopulmonary rehab area.

Another feature of the Center is an indoor walking track that rings the facility's weight machines, treadmills and exercise equipment.

On Sunday, the public will have the opportunity to tour the entire area and see the features of the new facility first hand. During the open house, staff members from the hospital's cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy department will be available to explain the use and purpose of all equipment and treatment areas.

In addition to being utilized by cardio rehab patients, the Jack Byrd Wellness Center will be open to the public during special hours throughout the week.

The Center will be open from 5 to 8 a.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

During the hours the facility is open to the public, there will not be a nurse on duty. Client monitoring is available between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

In order to utilize the new Center, individuals will need to pay a monthly membership fee. A single membership is $25 a month and a family membership costs $30 a month. Seniors over the age of 62 can get a 10 percent discount on their membership if they pay for a year in advance, and corporate memberships are offered for $20 a month per individual.

Following Sunday's open house, the Wellness Center will be open for business on Monday, Sept. 11 at 5 a.m. For more information, contact Amy Benham-Danford, RN, the hospital's cardiopulmonary rehab manager, at 847-6080.

Hospital officials are encouraging all area residents to attend Sunday's open house.

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