Moorings Park’s Center for Healthy Living Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

June 03, 2014

Moorings Park, a Continuing Care Retirement Community located at 120 Moorings Park Drive in Naples, will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the opening of its Center for Healthy Living with a reception this Wednesday, June 4 at 4:00 p.m. The 37,000-square-foot innovation in health care and wellness opened on May 7, 2013 after five years of research, planning and construction.

The Center for Healthy Living's mission is to help patients achieve the highest level of independence in their day-to-day activities within their home and community. The Center offers personalized physician services, integrated rehabilitation programs, and licensed professional staff specializing in geriatrics. Its features include customized cardio and strength programming geared toward seniors, as well as cognitive and memory training. Highly skilled, licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists establish treatment plans with patients and their physicians that are customized to meet specific needs. The Center includes the state-of-the-art Sheffield Theatre that is suitable for feature films and lectures, the full-service Rejuvenate Salon and Spa, and a Max-Wellness retail store staffed by trained wellness advocates with products ranging from natural vitamins and supplements to fitness items and mobility devices. As evidenced by robust sales throughout its first year of operation, the residents of Moorings Park are taking full advantage of the products offered at Max-Wellness. As an additional benefit, residents are afforded the opportunity to socialize with friends over healthy fare and beverages at the Center for Healthy Living’s Internet Café. The Center’s amenities are designed to integrate technology, relaxation, and luxury so residents can comfortably manage all facets of wellness.

“The Center for Healthy Living is designed to enhance the services and amenities available to residents,” said Moorings Park CEO Dan Lavender. “This resident-focused, physician-based service further differentiates Moorings Park from other continuing care retirement communities. It continues to improve the delivery of health care to our residents, expand our knowledge of the aging process, introduce new approaches to care that celebrate the positive aspects of aging, and optimize vitality and happiness.”

Moorings Park's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Gloth, a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society, oversees Moorings Park's fellowship-trained Geriatricians and a Physician Services Program designed to provide participants patient-centered medical care on campus at the Center for Healthy Living through the community's Primary Care and Primary Care Plus programs. Delivering personalized healthcare based on a model akin to a traditional family practice, the Primary Care Program offers patients care that emphasizes accessibility, personal attention and compassion. The program is available to residents of Moorings Park with no additional fees other than typical co-pays. Third-party billing to Medicare occurs for services when appropriate. During the Center for Healthy Living’s first year, over 250 patients enrolled in the Primary Care Program, a number that exceeded expectations for the inaugural year and provided an opportunity to hire an additional Geriatrician.

The Primary Care Plus Program offers an enhanced program of healthcare that is available for an additional fee. This expanded program offers all of the benefits of the Primary Care Program, as well as a wide scope of special services that provide uniquely customized care for each participant. Essential components of the Primary Care Plus Program include exclusive Geriatrician access, a personal healthcare program, a personal care coordinator, individual treatment recommendations, physician supervised hospital care and direct physician communication.

"With The Center for Healthy Living, we are engaged in a truly original concept among retirement communities,” said Dr. Gloth. “It is unique as a ‘wellness’ center in its depth and variety of services, and unsurpassed in its diagnostic equipment and design. The continuum of care available through the services and facilities at the Center for Healthy Living offers security for our residents. It allows us to treat people in the office and to interact with them in other settings. We have the ability to coordinate exercise, out-patient rehabilitation, and nutrition with what is happening on the medical side. That allows us to provide a more holistic model for healthcare overall. When you hear expressions like ‘60 is the new 30,’ those expressions are about how much healthier and independent individuals are at later stages of their life today. The model we have emphasizes healthy living and overall health and well-being. There are the things we can do earlier that pay huge dividends in terms of optimizing functional survival and the ability to be active as you get older and retain that independence.”

The fitness center at the Center for Healthy Living has proved to be a popular destination for Moorings Park residents. The fitness center offers group fitness classes - including cycling classes - lead by certified exercise specialists and using a variety of equipment, including hand weights, bands, medicine balls and an assortment of balance accessories. The term "wellness" takes on a whole new meaning in the fitness center's heavily utilized Cardio/Strength Area. Individualized programs encompass balance, flexibility, bone mass preservation and low-impact cardio training utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. Personal training services are also available and being employed by a constantly increasing number of residents.

In addition to the benefits it provides to Moorings Park’s residents, the Center for Healthy Living has served as the host venue for the Collier County Medical Society’s Lecture Series. Held in the Center’s elegant Sheffield Theatre, the well-attended and well-received Lecture Series has included a number of distinguished speakers, including those from Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and University of Miami medical schools. Doctors and nurses attending the Lecture Series have qualified for their CME credits.

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