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CHI St. Joseph Health and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine break ground in revolutionary care center for local seniors with MatureWell Lifestyle Center

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March 1, 2016

Contact: Melissa Shay
Phone: 419-508-2895 cell
E-mail: mshay@st-joseph.org

CHI St. Joseph Health and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine break ground in revolutionary care center for local seniors with MatureWell Lifestyle Center

CHI St. Joseph Health and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine break ground Thursday on their health and wellness center devoted to seniors. Known as the MatureWell Lifestyle Center, this two-story, 23,000-square-foot complex will offer a single destination for both healthy seniors to achieve their wellness goals as well as those seniors who need to manage chronic conditions.

Conveniently located adjacent to the Texas A&M Biocorridor, a growing area of the Bryan/College Station community, the MatureWell Lifestyle Center will be constructed within the Atlas Development located near Traditions Club. This planned development will also include The Stella luxury hotel, Parc senior living community, shops, restaurants and other lifestyle amenities. The MatureWell Lifestyle Center will complement the area’s array of developing retail and business entities that are customized to meet the unique needs of seniors and the professional community.

This partnership between CHI St. Joseph Health and the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine will provide a forum for research to improve the unique health care techniques for aging populations and utilize a team approach through interdisciplinary experiences at Texas A&M Health Science Center, led by the Texas A&M College of Medicine. This is exciting progress on the part of both parties to further the common mission of supporting the overall health and wellness of our community.

“Our region is forecasted to grow significantly in the 55+ age category, with that age group accounting for 41 percent of the growth population. The MatureWell center puts CHI St. Joseph in a position to help change the way these individuals achieve their wellness and lifestyle goals,” said Rick Napper, CEO, CHI St. Joseph Health.

CHI St. Joseph Health and Texas A&M understand that as baby boomers age, they have different needs and expectations for their life.

“We want seniors to continue to live vibrant, energetic and exciting lives, and good health is a key part of that. We know they also want to manage chronic diseases differently. Our patients are more educated than ever, and they want to be active participants and decision makers in their care. At the MatureWell Lifestyle Center, physicians and clinicians from CHI St. Joseph Health and the Texas A&M Health Science Center will help them achieve these goals,” said Kia Parsi, M.D., CHI St. Joseph Health Primary Care.

The CHI St. Joseph Health MatureWell Lifestyle Center in partnership with Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine will offer a single destination where seniors can achieve their health and wellness goals through a full range of services including:
o A board-certified Geriatrician, a medical doctor specially trained to meet the unique healthcare needs of older adults. Geriatricians prevent, manage and develop care plans that address the special health problems of the elderly.
o Medication Management from our onsite pharmacists.
o Rehabilitation Services with physical, occupational and speech therapists along with specialists in bladder and pelvic floor therapy.
o Health and Wellness Coaching providing customized wellness plans.
o A gym and indoor pool, offering state-of-the-art equipment, fitness classes and personalized exercise plans.
o Education on nutrition, disease and lifestyle management.

“This effort represents the first of many new initiatives for our faculty and students that will develop and implement novel clinical care delivery initiatives in collaboration with CHI St. Joseph’s. We hope to use our clinical collaboration and the best minds of Texas A&M to transform health care delivery for our seniors,” said Paul Ogden, M.D., interim senior vice president and chief operating officer, Texas A&M Health Science Center, and interim dean, College of Medicine. “The MatureWell Lifestyle Center, in partnership with CHI St. Joseph, is a priority project that will create a forum for research with far-reaching results and translational applications. As we continue to develop the Texas A&M Biocorridor as a national center for innovation and health care transformation, we remain committed to advancing programs that benefit patients at the heart of our community.”

This is exciting progress on the part of both CHI St. Joseph Health and Texas A&M Health Science Center to further our common mission of supporting the overall health and wellness of our community. The introduction of the MatureWell Lifestyle Center will change the way seniors can achieve their health, wellness and lifestyle objectives in Bryan/College Station.

Specialized Healthcare for the Mature Adult:
Baby boomers make up about 78 million Americans. As the oldest of them are now hitting retirement age, many have additional medical needs.

People aged 55 and older presently make up 12 percent of the population, but they account for higher percentages in health care services:
• 26 percent of physician office visits
• 35 percent of hospital stays
• 34 percent of prescriptions
• 38 percent of emergency medical responses

In addition to a large generation aging, the life expectancy rate of Americans is higher than ever before. In 2010, the number of Americans aged 65 and older was 40.2 million. That number is expected to double by 2050. When that happens, their percentage of the population will increase, along with their medical needs.

About 60 percent of baby boomers have been diagnosed with at least one chronic medical condition, which requires regular healthcare check-ups, taking prescription medications and making dietary changes. Some common chronic conditions are:
• Arthritis
• Diabetes
• Heart disease
• Hypertension

Sources for this article include reports by the Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Census, the Commonwealth Fund and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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About CHI St. Joseph Health
Established in 1936, CHI St. Joseph Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. CHI St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital, the region’s highest level trauma center. CHI St. Joseph Health Medical Group operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home. CHI St. Joseph Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises more than 103 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 24 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. For more information, visit chistjoseph.org.

About Texas A&M Health Science Center
Texas A&M Health Science Center is Transforming Health through innovative research, education and service in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and medical sciences. As an independent state agency and academic unit of Texas A&M University, the health science center serves the state through campuses in Bryan-College Station, Dallas, Temple, Houston, Round Rock, Kingsville, Corpus Christi and McAllen. Learn more at vitalrecord.tamhsc.edu or follow @TAMHSC on Twitter.

About ATLAS
An extension of the acclaimed Traditions Club and Community, ATLAS is the first and only master-planned community in Texas created for companies engaged in the health and wellness fields. ATLAS offers a thriving planned community chockfull of lifestyle, employment and outdoor opportunities, including The Stella Hotel.

Centrally located within The Texas A&M Biocorridor, ATLAS is adjacent to the Texas A&M Health Science Center and just two miles from Texas A&M University and Easterwood Airport. The College of Veterinary Medicine, new $32 million Equine Complex, Mays Business School, Texas A&M Research Park, National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing and the Texas Institute of Preclinical Studies are all within 2.5 miles.

ATLAS is adjacent to the Traditions Club and Community, providing access to its Jack Nicklaus/Jack Nicklaus II designed championship golf course, fine dining and luxurious home sites. This, combined with unparalleled entrée and proximity to world-class researchers and students locating within ATLAS, provides an ideal collaborative atmosphere for companies.

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