Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics, Medford, 2020 Community Benefit

Gilman Community Health & Wellness Center

The Village of Gilman has a population of just more than 400 people. However, a need for access to physical fitness resources was evident. The goal, as defined by the planning committee, was to provide a readily accessible, updated fitness center and offerings to promote behaviors and education that would inspire individuals to take responsibility for improving their own health and well-being.  
“Our idea started as, let's get some new benches, squat racks, dumbbells, and barbells, whatever it may be. We got on a phone call with a representative from Aspirus,” said Jon Hess, principal/athletic director, Gilman School District. “That helped us open our eyes and develop a vision of how can we not only impact our students, but how can we impact our community itself.” 
In order to achieve this goal, the planning committee developed a comprehensive health and wellness program that provides opportunities for individuals of all ages and walks of life, including weight training, cardiovascular training, fitness classes, and educational presentations from health experts. The health and wellness programs are free of charge for community members. 
“Whether you are student, staff or a community member, you can come here to work on your level of fitness,” Hess said. “Whether that is strength training, cardiovascular training, socialization and participating in a fitness class and at the same time, educating people about healthy lifestyles.
Memorial Member Association (MMA) contributed $125,000 toward The Gilman Community Health & Wellness Center project. MMA was formed at the time of the unification of the Medford hospital and clinics with Aspirus. MMA represents the community’s 50% share in the health care organization. It is a separate entity from Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics and uses its proceeds to fund healthy initiatives in the community.