Tuesday, April 18, 2000

Health focus of new center

BY David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        SPRINGBORO — Middletown Regional Hospital is extending services to northern Warren County with its newly opened Sports & Wellness Center in the Coffman Family YMCA in Springboro.

        The 8,700-square-foot center offers sports training and health screenings, including tests for blood pressure, colorectal cancer, cholesterol and blood sugar. Health classes include weight management, yoga, smoking cessation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, baby-sitting and nutrition. Massage therapy is also offered.

        The center offers sports medicine services including physical therapy, aquatic therapy and athletic training to improve strength, speed and endurance.

        “We're putting these services together so that families can enjoy the services more conveniently,” said Deb Freitag, communications coordinator for the hospital. “Middletown Regional Hospital wants to serve its communities in the region. These are areas where we're trying to reach out to provide services and practices.”

        The center features rehabilitation and strength-train ing equipment, as well as areas for classes and athletic training. It is designed to be a comprehensive environment for rehabilitative care and health maintenance, hospital officials said. Equipment includes stationary bikes, treadmills and weight systems.

        “The center is an answer to a community need,” MRH President Doug McNeill said. “We've initiated a comprehensive outreach program to bring special services and classes to our communities rather than requiring area residents seeking wellness services to visit the hospital.”

        Middletown Regional in January started offering some wellness classes at the Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, Mrs. Freitag said. It is possible a sports and wellness center could be developed there, but no plans have been set.

        For more information about the Middletown Regional Hospital Sports & Wellness Center in Springboro, call (800) 237-6451.


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