Unlike fitness clubs with loud music and members sweating it out on treadmills, wellness facilities focus on more holistic care. They draw people looking to optimize life to its fullest potential, whether recovering from illness or surgery, living with specific health conditions or just wanting to stay fit. Akron General Health & Wellness Center-North blends the
recreation features of a fitness club with rehabilitation services
and diagnostic technology.
Akron General Medical Center followed the success
of its western location by opening this facility, Akron General
Health & Wellness Center-North, in 2007. Today, the $18.5
million center is a state-of-the-art, 96,400-square-foot showcase
of the latest in multigenerational wellness features. It combines a
mix of fitness, therapy and medical care amenities.
Perhaps the most notable aspects of the facility
are the lifestyle, fitness and therapy amenities. The center
accommodates aquatic fitness and therapy with three pools and a
whirlpool spa. The competition pool, spa and leisure pool are
housed together, and the therapy pool is in a separate but
contiguous space, visible through windows.
The leisure pool includes stair or pool-lift
entry, underwater bench seating, a volleyball net, swim-in-place
forced current and a spray feature with an overhead water curtain.
The six-lane, 25-yard competition pool includes stair entry and
pool lift. The warm-water therapy pool features a swim-in- place
forced current, perimeter railings and a hydraulic pool lift.
For those who want to stay dry, there’s a
47,000-square-foot fitness center with a cardio theater,
strength-training center and free-weight area that has more than
200 pieces of equipment. There’s also an elevated track, a
4,410-square-foot gymnasium for multiple-sport use, a climbing wall
and two aerobic studios outfitted for various fitness classes.
Additionally, a specially designed children’s exercise area
helps the little ones experience the joys and benefits of
The staff facilitates members’ health by
working with them and their doctors, offering therapeutic
techniques, exercise and nutrition programs, fitness classes,
weight and stress management training, and health risk
assessments/screenings. On the medical care side, there’s a
24-hour emergency department, full-service outpatient lab and
testing services, and sports medicine and physical therapy,
including a sports performance center.
Diagnostic services such as X-rays and MRIs also are provided.
Free and low-cost community education programs
geared toward prevention and early detection are available, so the
community can live healthier, happier, more productive lives
Associated Firms & Suppliers
Architect: TC Architects Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Robert L. Williams &
General Contractor: The Ruhlin Co.
Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer: Scheeser Buckley
Pool Consultant: Counsilman-Hunsaker
Pool Contractor: Acapulco Pools
Structural Engineer: Ohlin & Reed Consulting
Competition pool timing system: Colorado Time
Therapy Pool BaduJet swim-in-place feature: Speck
Leisure Pool T-Sheet Flo and Overhead Spray Ring:
Rain Drop Products
Spa Pumps: Paco Pumps
Spa Filter: Horizontal pressure sand filter,
Spa Chemical Feed Systems: Strantrol Liquid
Chlorine with Stenner Feed Pump and CO2 Feed System, Siemens Water
Spa Chemical Controllers: PC3000, Chemtrol
Spa UV System: UV System SP Unit, ETS