OCH Wellness Connection Opens a Newly Renovated, First-Class Pool Area
Date(s) - 07/01/2013
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
OCH Regional Medical Center
After months of anticipation, OCH Wellness Connection opened its newly renovated pool area this week. The renovations to the facility included replastering the 25-yard fitness pool, physical therapy pool and whirlpool; installing a new ventilation system, sound system, lift chairs, signage, lighting and emergency equipment; repainting the room; cleaning the tile; and replacing windows. Because of the diligent maintenance by the Wellness Connection staff, this was the first renovation for the pool area since its opening 17 years ago.
“We are so excited to make this first-class facility available to our members,” said Wellness Connection Director Eddie Myles. “Water exercise is well-liked because of its many benefits, and we offer a wide variety of classes to appeal to different ages and interests. However, some of our members depend on the pool for exercise because of certain conditions such as injuries, pregnancy or arthritis, and this facelift allows for a more comfortable environment for them,” Myles said.
During the three months of renovations, Myles said trainers replaced water exercises with chair exercises for those patients. “This was an effective alternative, but we are happy to get those members back in the water,” he noted.
OCH Physical Therapist Carol Walters, PT, DPT, CLT, also stressed the benefits of aquatic therapy. “The pool area provides an advantage to physical therapists and occupational therapists because of the warmth of the water as well as the buoyant properties and resistance of the water. These properties provide patients an environment to exercise both efficiently and comfortably,” said Walters. “OCH’s therapeutic pool also provides both walking depth and deep water exercise environments and is the only one of its kind in Starkville,” she added, noting that having the area in top notch condition is a wonderful resource for their patients.
Upon graduation from OCH Rehabilitation Services, many patients continue their aquatic exercise at the Wellness Connection where exercise specialists like Corey Martin, who is the Wellness Connection’s Aquatic Coordinator, lead classes and offer personal training sessions.
“We are so fortunate to have this state-of-the-art indoor pool facility because it provides low-impact exercise for bones and joints and allows some to exercise who may not otherwise be able to,” said Martin, adding that the facility is the only one in Starkville that offers a lift chair for people who have trouble getting into the pool. According to Martin, the Wellness Connection also hosts birthday parties, parent and tot classes, family swim, aquatics classes, water volleyball, swim lessons and much more. Details about these programs and classes are available online at www.och.org under Wellness Connection.
The first swimming lessons began this month and will continue throughout the summer. Upcoming sessions are scheduled for June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19 and July 29- August 2. The course fee is $50 for members of the Wellness Connection and $60 for non-members. There are four levels of classes that will be taught each week: toddler splash, level I/water exploration, level II/primary skills, and level III/stroke readiness.
“We wanted to give the people of Starkville the best facility possible, and this new facility does just that by providing a nice, clean, safe environment for everyone to enjoy,” said Martin. “The water is crystal clear and screaming for people to come visit!”
OCH Wellness Connection will host an open house for the new aquatics area Monday, July 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with information on water aerobics, water safety and aquatic therapy, along with games, refreshments and door prizes. For more information or to register for swim classes, call 323-WELL (9355).