The Center for Integrated Wellness in Bloomington, Illinois, celebrated its opening on Aug. 27.
The $35 million, 105,000-square-foot medically based fitness center offers preventative health and wellness programs, a sports-performance institute, an orthopedic center, an imaging center, community education and physician offices. The project broke ground in May 2015.
The center will open officially on Sept. 6. About 200 people will work there.
Catherine Porter, executive director of the Center for Integrated Wellness, will oversee daily operations for the wellness center and METHOD Sports Performance.
"It's amazing to be involved in such an innovative, collaborative project, and I am excited for the members of the community to experience a deeper dive into wellness through the center," Porter said.
The center is a joint program among Signet Enterprises, McLean County Orthopedics, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Method Sports Performance and Sequoia Wellness, according to a press release.
Signet Enterprises financed and will manage the new center, which as of Aug. 22 is also the new headquarters for McLean County Orthopedics, the largest orthopedic practice in McLean County. This move allows it to consolidate into a central location. Sequoia Wellness will manage the Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. Method Sports Performance is a physician-owned sports-performance institute operated by physicians from McLean County Orthopedics.
A team of wellness experts will provide each member with a multi-dimensional wellness assessment to analyze muscular strength, endurance, body composition, flexibility, sleep quality, lifestyle choices, nutrition and more, Porter said. The medical fitness approach sets the center apart, she said, with credentialed staff, physician oversight and services and programs enriched by the project partners' collaboration. Adjoining the exercise center are a lap pool, hot tub and hydrotherapy pool for water therapy. Also adjoining are rooms for community education, cooking demonstrations, health screenings, group exercise, free weights and locker rooms.
"Not only will we focus on fitness, but we will feature overall wellness programming, integrative medicine services, nutrition services, and programs focusing on slowing and mitigating the effects of chronic disease," Porter said.
The Aug. 27 grand opening celebration included tours, a youth performance challenge, a raffle and a free cycling class.