NHRMC Community User Program offers gym facilities and clinical expertise

May 20, 2011

WILMINGTON – For people who want to exercise in a gym setting, but may have a health concern that prevents them from joining a fitness club, the New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Community User Program may offer a solution. Offered at NHRMC’s Oleander Rehabilitation Center, the Community User Program is a way for people to enjoy exercise equipment, daily classes and a therapeutic pool while remaining under the watchful eye of the Therapists and Rehab Associates of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

“We have found that the participants feel better knowing that there is a place they can exercise and have the clinical expertise of our rehabilitation program close at hand,” says Julie Hancock, Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. “As this program is growing, we are continuing to adapt and add new classes to meet the needs of the participants.”

Equipment at NHRMC’s Oleander Rehabilitation includes treadmills, stationary bikes, stair machines and resistance equipment. Chair classes are offered to give participants a full body workout from the comfort of a chair. The therapeutic salt water pool provides an ideal environment for low impact exercise and relaxation. The pool is available for classes and for independent exercise. New participants need a physician referral and an initial assessment by a therapist to ensure safety.

“Another benefit for our participants is that we do not require a contract,” says Hancock. “We offer various pricing options so people can choose what programs are appropriate for them and they can pay month to month or pay for a three-month, six-month or longer commitment if they choose.”

Gym hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 910.452.8659 or visit www.nhrmc.org/communityexercise.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 4,500 jobs directly and another 3,000 jobs indirectly.