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Community and Fitness Wellness Gym Opens at Frazier Rehab Institute


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(Louisville, KY) Individuals with a permanent physical disability now have a special gym to workout - just for them and their family and friends at Frazier Rehab Institute.

Frazier Rehab Institute, a service of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare, has opened a Community and Fitness Wellness Program.  The only requirement -- you must be an individual with a permanent physical disability from a number of types of injuries or diseases such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or spinal cord injury.  Family members and friends may join, as well, if sponsored by the physically disabled member.

“Frazier Rehab is committed to promoting the lifelong health and wellness of individuals with disabilities,” said Steve Ahr, assistant vice president. “With several gyms not being accessed in the evenings and on weekends, it only made sense for us to put a gym to good use for those individuals who want a good exercise workout to help improve their body’s function and mobility, but have special equipment needs.”

The fully accessible gym is designed to improve cardiovascular/aerobic fitness, muscular strength and flexibility through the use of specialized equipment for individuals with physical disabilities.  The equipment includes Rickshaw, dual cable cross machine, VitaGlide Pro, wheelchair roller, NuStep, Saratoga Cycle, SCIFit and Versatrainer.

“I am thankful for the wheelchair-accessible equipment at the Frazier gym,” said gym member Liz Fust. “I feel particularly lucky to have access to the Locomotor Training that the gym offers.  It makes a world of difference in how I feel and function.”

“Prior to my spinal cord injury, I worked out regularly at a gym in order to maintain my health and fitness,” Fust said. “Now I believe it is even more important for me to take care of my body, retain my health, and work to regain my maximum potential.”

The Community Fitness gym is located on the sixth floor of the Frazier outpatient gym.  It is open Monday through Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Weekend hours range from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Various membership packages are available from: a basic membership; to a membership with the Locomotor Training Program for individuals with spinal cord injuries and FES Cycle Training to stimulate the leg muscles to help peddle a bike; to membership with a trainer. 

For more information on the packages go to www.frazierrehab.org. To schedule an interview contact Barbara Mackovic at .

About Frazier Rehab Institute
Frazier Rehab Institute is a 135-bed comprehensive rehabilitation system providing therapy in an acute care setting for inpatient and outpatient rehab needs.  Comprehensive rehab programs, highly skilled therapists, state-of-the-art-facilities and innovative therapeutic techniques have earned Frazier Rehab Institute national recognition.  Patients span the age range from infancy to geriatrics with a wide variety of diagnoses which include neurologic (spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke), amputations, multiple trauma, orthopaedic, arthritis, cardiopulmonary, congenital, developmental, degenerative, and general medical cases. Frazier has more than 20 locations throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

About Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare
Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare (JHSMH) is a regional health care network that includes more than 70 health care facilities and 1,900 patients beds in Kentucky and southern Indiana.  The merger of Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services and CARITAS Health Services to form JHSMH combines the strength and honors the heritages of the two organizations to provide a complete array of health care services to this region and beyond, including: hospitals, emergency air ambulance services, outpatient care, nursing home care, occupational health, psychiatric care and rehab medicine.  JHSMH provides home health care to families in 44 Kentucky and southern Indiana counties, occupational health mobile services to 30 Kentucky counties and employs a network of physician practices that provide both primary and specialty medical care.  The organization employs more than 8,100 people.



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