August 19th, 2013

An open house for the new gym and Orthopaedic Specialists offices at Great River Wellness Plaza is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, on Great River Health Systems’ campus, 1401 W. Agency Road, West Burlington, Iowa.

Construction began on the 40,000-square-foot expansion in August 2012. It is the first of two phases to expand and remodel the former Center for Rehab and Clinics. 

Great River Orthopaedic Specialists

Great River Orthopaedic Specialists moved their offices from the first floor of Mercy Plaza to the expanded area Monday, Aug. 12. The clinic recently added rheumatologist Dany Saad, M.D., and spine surgeon Doug Foster, M.D., to its medical staff.

Dr. Saad brings the first full-time physician-level rheumatology service to the area. He primarily treats joint and soft-tissue problems, including autoimmune diseases, vasculitis and connective tissue disorders.

Dr. Foster has provided surgical spine care to area patients since 2005. His services now are offered through Great River Orthopaedic Specialists.

Besides Drs. Foster and Saad, Great River Orthopaedic Specialists’ medical staff includes:

  • L. Nathan Gause, M.D., foot and ankle surgery
  • Atiba Jackson, M.D., sports medicine
  • Theron Jameson, D.O., total joint replacement
  • Jerry Jochims, M.D., nonsurgical orthopedics
  • Stefani Hagland, P.A.-C, physician assistant
  • Andrew Rendoff, P.A.-C, physician assistant

Expanded gym area

The new gym opened to Health Fitness and rehabilitation patients Monday, Aug. 19. The added space features:

  • Climbing tower – The 35-foot climbing tower is a Health Fitness members-only benefit. The base of the tower is on the lower level, and it extends more than two floors. Climbers can be seen on all levels. There is a fee to climb. Climbing shoes may be rented, but they are not required. Members must have a climbing lesson and receive a completion card before using the tower.
  • Gym equipment – The larger gym has new and existing equipment. Group equipment training classes can be scheduled in the gym.
  • Expanded Personal Training and Athletic Training area – A functional training area allows clients and athletes to train on various floor surfaces including maple flooring similar to a basketball court, prescription turf and composite flooring.
  • Massage Therapy – A massage room is connected to each locker room.
  • New and additional locker rooms – The men’s and women’s locker rooms have separate areas for people who use the therapy pool. The floor has radiant heat for comfort and to evaporate water for safety. To avoid lost keys, lockers have a digital system. Users create their number sequence with each visit.

Second-phase remodel

The second and final phase of the construction project involves renovating and remodeling the existing gym for outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy. Work is underway, and it is expected to be completed in October.