LECOM Breaks Ground for New Health and Wellness Center

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine takes the next step on its path to bring better health and wellness to Erie. LECOM held a groundbreaking ceremony at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 54th & Peach Streets. Following the groundbreaking, contractors will begin construction on the building that is scheduled for opening in September 2008.LECOM Wellness Center

Over the past four months, workers have removed buildings on the property and prepared the site for construction of the three-story LECOM Medically Integrated Health and Wellness Center. The College is investing $31 million in a facility that brings medical care together with fitness by teaming LECOM with Millcreek Community Hospital, and Medical Associates of Erie, to make a medical fitness difference in local health care.

According to LECOM Provost, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Silvia M. Ferretti, D.O., LECOM and Millcreek Community Hospital have launched a project that converges health care services and fitness programs into one destination.

“The LECOM Health and Wellness Center will be a center where the Erie community can work toward disease prevention as well as seek treatment,” Dr. Ferretti said. “The union of a comprehensive fitness center and medical offices into one center reflects osteopathic medicine’s commitment to preventive, total-person health care.”

The LECOM Health and Wellness Center provides choices for exercise, health education and clinical care. The center will become part of the continuum of health care that begins with the training of physicians and pharmacists at LECOM and is maintained through medical services at Millcreek Community Hospital, Millcreek Geriatric Education and Care Center and the physician offices of Medical Associates of Erie. The wellness center not only will serve the fitness needs of LECOM students and patients and employees of Millcreek Health System, but also provide a facility that will encourage Erie County citizens to pursue a better quality of life.

The nationally acclaimed healthcare architectural and design firm of

LECOM Wellness Center
LECOM Medically Integrated Health and
Wellness Center. Click to see larger image.

Marshall Erdman and Associates has developed plans that integrate the amenities of the fitness center with the clinical needs of patients in a three-story building. The architects have created a healthy lifestyle atmosphere that welcomes visitors and draws them into the fitness center. Marshall Erdman will continue on the project as general contractor.

The spa-quality fitness center will occupy the first two floors of the three-story building with three swimming pools, aerobic and yoga fitness rooms, basketball and racquetball courts, a 3-lane indoor running track and a physical therapy facility.

The third-floor will house offices for Medical Associates of Erie offering Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Geriatrics, Orthopedic Surgery and OB-GYN care.

When the Center opens, Power Wellness Management, a national health and wellness center management team, will operate the LECOM facility. Power Wellness has participated in the design of the fitness center and will coordinate the acquisition of fitness equipment. LECOM selected Power Wellness based on the company’s experience and its commitment to improving the quality of life in the community.

July 20, 2007
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