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PHH collaboration with "Y" offer exercise options

Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020

Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) and the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA are collaborating to better serve the needs of patients who have had therapy and need follow-up exercise to further their recovery and build healthy habits.

Following a therapist’s assessment and recommendations, patients who have completed their therapy at the Holly D. Sale Rehabilitation and Wellness Center at PHH or who have been referred by their doctor for pain management, will be able to take advantage of a “four free weeks” option either at PHH’s fitness center or at the YMCA to continue their progress.

Typically, after physical or occupational therapy for injury, illness or a chronic condition, most patients need additional exercise to continue to build strength, endurance, flexibility and balance or to manage symptoms for improved ability to function in their daily lives. Therapists usually suggest exercises for patients to perform faithfully at home, but not everyone finds home exercise is effective for them. And, in some cases, a person’s health condition can benefit from resources they don’t have at home, such as a pool or cardiovascular training equipment.

“The idea is to allow people to decide what kind of environment will inspire them to pursue their therapy and wellness goals even farther,” said Juli Johnson, president of PHH. “We have partnered with the Y on many programs over time, and this new collaboration is another outgrowth of that relationship. After all, we share a commitment to helping people across the community lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.”

“Ultimately, we are working to accomplish the same outcome: helping people thrive,” said Todd Latta, CEO, Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. “It’s a good feeling to know that Parkview truly cares about improving the lives of the people in our community, and I’m happy we can support their continued efforts. It’s sort of like Macy’s referring customers to Gimbels in the movie ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ – the ultimate goal is to best serve our constituents, regardless of who gets the credit. Together we can have a much greater impact by letting patients choose what will best serve their needs.”

At the YMCA, the individual can meet with a wellness coach, who will orient them to the facility; participate in group and individual pool activities; use weight and cardio machines; and access classes and other resources. The YMCA has expanded its programming, including a broader array of aquatic opportunities, for this Supporting Wellness Together initiative.

At the hospital’s fitness center, individuals can work with an exercise specialist to learn about the cardio and weight machines and get started on a routine. The center is currently reworking its gym spaces to create a defined “fitness track” indicating equipment that is recommended for fitness center members. Recently, new, specialized equipment has been acquired to serve athletes and rehab patients with particular neurological, orthopedic or other specific needs, so Rehab and Wellness Center team members are reorganizing equipment in user-friendly zones.

Regardless of which facility an individual tries out, at the end of the free month, they have the option to join if they so choose. If they stay on at the YMCA, the joiner’s fee will be waived. If they remain at PHH’s fitness center, they will pay a flat, monthly fee for membership.

“With this collaboration, patients can have a greater role in determining the exercise options and schedules that will make them most likely to keep up a healthier pattern of activity,” said Angie Hormann, manager of the Rehab and Wellness Center. “If they want aquatic exercise or Silver Sneakers to be part of their regimen, they have those options through the YMCA. If they want cardio and strength training, they can find that, and helpful support, at either facility. Depending on their needs, they now have many more choices, and we hope it will open new possibilities for area residents.”

Fee information and hours of operation for PHH’s fitness center are available at (260) 355-3240, and for the YMCA, at (260) 359-9622.