Wellness Center coming to Pinewood Forrest, courtesy of Piedmont Fayette Hospital

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Artist’s rendering of wellness center.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital plans to construct a wellness center to serve Pinewood Forrest residents and the general public in the mini-city being built on Fayetteville’s west side.

Construction is expected to get underway early next year, with opening projected in November 2019.

The 60,000 square foot, two-story facility will create a culture of health and wellness, supporting the healthy lifestyle goals of the community and acting as a bridge between medical care and wellness, according to a news release announcing the venture.

Piedmont Fayette understands that “mobility is medicine” and people who are active and healthy tend not to have the chronic health conditions that can bring about even more serious medical issues, the news release said. A wellness center is a facility focused on providing preventive medicine solutions.

“A wellness center is different from a gym or a fitness center because it offers programs that are tracked and overseen by medical professionals,” said Michael Burnett, Piedmont Fayette’s chief executive officer.

“The environment offers clinical integration so that physical therapists and exercise physiologists share common space. You can have people taking a hot yoga class in one studio, while someone is working with a therapist on rehabbing a shoulder injury in another area. In other areas, athletes can be optimizing their training while others swim laps in the pool or participate in therapeutic lifestyle programs, disease management or prevention fitness programs,” Burnett said.

In addition to the six-lane lap pool and therapy pool, there will be multiple fitness studios, an active gaming component, a spin room and 18,000 square feet of fitness space on two floors.

Another feature is the licensed D1 Sports Training program, the first in the state of Georgia, offering specific sports training for athletes from youth to professional level with dedicated space for indoor and outdoor fitness training.

The Wellness Center will engage with the outdoors outside a wall of glass, connecting with a central park, open air elevated exercise platform, activity lawns, and over 15 miles of integrated trail and path systems that meander throughout the community and nature preserve areas.

Michael Burnett, CEO of Piedmont Fayette Hospital. File photo.
Michael Burnett, CEO of Piedmont Fayette Hospital. File photo.

“This will be the first time that Piedmont has integrated a health and wellness location within a residential community,” said Burnett. “We believe this innovative facility will not only be a gold standard fitness facility for people of all ages and abilities, but will also be the best way to deliver preventive medicine and healthcare solutions for a community focused on wellness and living better.”

“Wellness is a key cornerstone of our community philosophy and having the Piedmont Fayette Wellness Center in the heart of Village Square illustrates our commitment,” said Rob Parker, President of Pinewood Forrest. “We are excited about this special partnership with Piedmont Fayette as we collectively push forward on new and innovative ways to promote wellness to our residents and guests alike.”

Rob Parker, president of Pinewood Forrest. File photo.
Rob Parker, president of Pinewood Forrest. File photo.

“As a longtime owner and developer of medical office real estate, we are honored to be part of this innovative team of industry leaders to deliver an exceptional facility that embodies the collective vision of Piedmont and Pinewood Forrest,” said Jason Pace, one of the owners of Pace Lynch Corp. “Working alongside co-developer Jim Pace, design firm Perkins + Will, and Piedmont program manager, BDR Partners, we are confident this facility will set a new benchmark for success in the industry.”

Memberships to the Piedmont Fayette Wellness Center at Pinewood Forrest will be open to the public with access to the outpatient rehab/healthcare services by appointment. Although details are not final, Pinewood Forrest anticipates bundling a membership to the wellness center with a home purchase.

Pinewood Forrest is a 234-acre master planned residential and mixed-use development located adjacent to Pinewood Atlanta Studios on Sandy Creek Road. The Pinewood Forrest development team is led by Fayetteville native and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan T. Cathy.