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Design and Operation of a Medical Fitness Center: The Clinician's Perspective

Holm, Byron M.D.; Holm, Mary B.S., P.T.

doi: 10.1249/

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • Exploring motives and vision for building or operating a medical fitness center gives important direction to the essential business plan. This article explores ways to integrate design and function in the building process and then implement quality standards for operation along with your unique brand.

Designing a medical fitness center is more than a building plan. Combining resources that include experience in clinical function and unique visionary features can reap reward for participation and a healthier community.

Byron Holm, M.D., a 1973 graduate of Indiana University, has been a family practice physician in Plymouth, IN, for the past 33 years. He is the county health officer and EMS services medical director. Dr. Holm has owned and operated the Holm Memorial Clinic since 1979.

Mary Holm, B.S., P.T., a 1970 graduate of Indiana University, began her career as clinical physical therapist in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings, extended care facilities, home care, and private practice. She has been the owner and manager of The Fitness Forum since 1982. Both she and her husband are the visionaries and designers of LifePlex-opened in 2007, emphasizing disease prevention and active lifestyles.

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