Healthy Prognosis

The hospital wellness industry is experiencing unprecedented growth by creating a health club and recreation center hybrid.

Water aerobicsWater aerobicsThe new $11 million, 60,000-square-foot addition to the Illinois Valley YMCA in Peru won't open for another 10 months, but David Potthoff is already looking forward to that day. "We have no doubt it's going to be popular," the Y's chief executive officer says about the facility, which will boast not only leisure, competition and warm-water therapy pools, but also a two-story, 15,500-square-foot addition housing the Illinois Valley Community Hospital's entire outpatient physical rehabilitation services department. "I think a lot of hospitals want to get out of the hospital environment and into places like ours, where there's an active atmosphere in which people aren't necessarily sick. This will be good business for both us and the hospital."

It should be good for residents of Peru and its surrounding north-central Illinois communities, too. Like many medical fitness centers today, the North Central Illinois Center for Advanced Rehabilitation and Aquatics will be open to healthy individuals, as well as people suffering or recovering from illness or injury. The Y already enjoys a solid relationship with the hospital, hosting screening clinics and other programs. Now that the two entities have partnered on a larger scale -- IVCH will lease its part of the addition from the YMCA for 20 years - officials are determined to provide services that can't be found at other area medical fitness facilities, health clubs or municipal recreation centers.

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