Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce construction begins this week on its health park, AL!VE. An expansion will accommodate the growth of the hospital’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services, which will move from the hospital’s main campus to AL!VE in 2017.
“There is a growing need in our community for cardio rehab services,” said Patrick Sustrich, AL!VE executive director. “We don’t want to have to turn patients away because of a lack of space and resources. Moving the program to AL!VE is an important move for its ongoing success because it will increase capacity, and allow us to further improve program quality and patient outcomes.”
The cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program will be moving to BRIDGE, a transitional rehabilitation space at AL!VE. There participants will be better connected to HGB’s other rehabilitation services already located at the health park, as well have access to additional space, needed equipment, locker rooms and staff resources. The move will allow HGB to develop an intensive cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program that focuses not only on exercise, but also on lifestyle improvements, including nutritional counseling and educational programming.
In addition to rehabilitation services, BRIDGE is also currently used as a workout space for members and guests of MOVE, the fitness center at AL!VE. It was important to assess the overall impact on AL!VE’s facilities and guest services once the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program moves into BRIDGE.
“We will be expanding space and moving equipment in MOVE,” Sustrich said. “And because more patients will be using the locker room and shower facilities, in addition to those who use our workout facilities and attend exercise classes, we will be expanding both the men’s and women’s locker rooms.”
HGB is also taking advantage of the facility expansion to add on a group exercise room. Currently the majority of group classes are held in SOAR, the multi-purpose gym at AL!VE, and the facility’s largest space. A growing demand for conference space at AL!VE has created scheduling conflicts for classes. Adding the new space for group exercise will free up SOAR for more events, meetings and programs for larger groups.
“Not only will we be able to accommodate more events, but we will also be able to expand our recreational programming,” Sustrich said. “Some of our more popular activities include basketball, volleyball, dodge ball and rock wall climbing. However we have been limited in what we can provide because of trying to schedule group exercise, meetings and events, and recreational activities all in the same space. Moving group exercise means we have more flexibility to meet a growing variety of community needs and interests.”
The majority of construction will take place in an undeveloped area at AL!VE and will have minimal impact on services. Toward the end of construction there may be a brief period where the locker rooms will close. Construction is planned to finish at the end of 2016.
“HGB’s Board of Trustees continues to anticipate our future business environment and consider how we can best continue to serve our community,” said Matt Rush, HGB president and CEO. “Our leadership has never waited to ‘see what the future brings.’ The Board continues to build on our successful facility investments to date to provide for enhanced long-term success.”
AL!VE is an experience-based, destination health park opened by HGB in November 2011. All guests are welcome at AL!VE – there are no entry fees or membership requirements. It is located at 800 W. Lawrence Ave., in Charlotte, Mich. Visit www.myalive.com or call 517.541.5800 for more information.