The Center for Integrated Wellness broke ground on a $35 million facility in Bloomington, Illinois, on Monday.
The Center will house a medically based fitness center, a sports performance institute, an imaging center, an orthopedic center, physician offices and a community education area. The 105,000 square-foot center is expected to be completed in fall 2016.
"Health care is shifting to wellness and prevention and away from treating people only when they are sick," Advocate BroMenn Medical Center President Colleen Kannaday told The Pantagraph after the groundbreaking ceremony attended by 150 people. "This project will help us to continue on that journey."
The Center for Integrated Wellness is a joint program between Signet Enterprises, McLean County Orthopedics, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Method Sports Performance and Sequoia Wellness.
The facility will include cardio equipment, group exercise studios, an aquatics area, free weights and locker rooms. Nurses and doctors from the medical center will be involved in the patient activities.
"It represents a new concept for Bloomington-Normal … A holistic approach to health and wellness that will bring transformational change to the community," Signet Development Chairman Tony Manna told WJBC.
The Center for Integrated Wellness will serve as the new headquarters for McLean County Orthopedics, which is staffed by 12 physicians and is the largest orthopedic practice in the county.
The orthopedic physicians will also operate Method Sports Performance in the new center. The sports performance institute plans to serve Central Illinois athletes from middle school to university, advanced amateurs and professionals.
"The assessment and training methodologies that we will be employing have been developed by university sports performance researchers and proven in the field with some of the world's top performing coaches and athletes," Method Sports Performance co-owner and McLean County Orthopedics Physician Joe Norris said in a statement. "These methods include evaluating the physiology of each athlete and tailoring a program based on those findings to maximize their potential efficiently and safely."