The most effective way to heal someone is to stop them from being sick or injured in the first place. Knowing this, the Winter Park Health Foundation and Florida Hospital have come together in the creation of a one-stop facility for wellness, fitness and medicine.
The new Center for Health & Wellbeing will emphasize taking care of not just the body, but the mind and spirit, too. The intentionally integrated facility will inspire healthy living, reverse chronic diseases and increase longevity.
"Every part of the facility, from top to bottom, is designed to help people become and stay healthy," said Patty Maddox, president and CEO of the Winter Park Health Foundation. "This is especially important for a community such as Winter Park. More than 33,000 seniors live within five miles of where we're building the new center, and this will give them a 'one-stop shop' with not only fitness facilities, but access to medical services and programs for wellness and wellbeing."
The center will help people of all ages and fitness levels live longer and live better when it opens in late 2018.
"I believe the Center actually has the potential to change the way we age by transforming not only the way we view aging, but the way we live by providing new, vibrant services that up until this time maybe haven't been available in your local community," said Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging.
At nearly 80,000 square feet, the Center for Health and Wellbeing has been intentionally designed to support wellness, fitness and medicine.
"Most people think of a hospital or a doctor's office as where you go when you're already sick or injured," said Daryl Tol, president and CEO of Florida Hospital and Adventist Health System's Central Florida Division. "Our vision is so much bigger. We believe in whole-person care — the mind, body and spirit — and that means placing a special emphasis on preventive care. Partnering with the Winter Park Health Foundation on this project means the people of Winter Park will have access to the tools to make them their healthiest selves."
The fitness component will feature a new Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center Y, operated by the Central Florida YMCA. The new Crosby Y will include two pools ― one with four lanes dedicated to lap swimming, and one specifically for warm-water therapy and aquatic exercise. It will also feature upgraded locker rooms; two large multipurpose fitness rooms for group exercise; a large, functional open space for exercise equipment and weights; and an expanded child watch area.
The medicine component will be anchored by Florida Hospital. The 15,000-square-foot space will feature medical offices and clinical spaces to be staffed by professionals and specialists, offering a one-stop shop for wellness and medical consultation. It will also be home to Florida Hospital Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, which will feature physical therapists and massages to help patients have an improved quality of life.
The City of Winter Park also dedicated the newly completed road that will lead into the facility. Crosby Way was named in honor of Peggy and Phillip B. Crosby, the original benefactors to the Crosby Y.