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Sequoia Wellness Opens in Northeast Ohio Medical University Education and Wellness Center

June 3, 2014 12:00 AM — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact: Leigh Greenfelder, Sequoia Wellness, 330.762.9320,
Cristine Boyd, NEOMED, 330.325.6673,

As construction continues on the campus of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), the University readies for the opening of the NEOMED Education and Wellness (NEW) Center, which will be unveiled to the community late this summer during the culmination of the University’s 40th anniversary celebration. The 177,000-square-foot facility is a major step in shifting the overall culture of health and wellness for the campus and surrounding community. Through collaboration with Signet Development and Integrated Wellness Partners, the NEW Center will provide health, wellness and medical education alongside a state-of-the-art fitness environment with physicians’ offices, pharmacy, conference and event space and more.

“This exciting new facility will be the cornerstone of our community wellness initiatives,” said Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of Northeast Ohio Medical University. “By collaborating with other health professionals, NEOMED is bringing an innovative vision of health and fitness to Portage County, one that promotes true wellness by addressing every avenue of care to develop and sustain healthy, active lifestyles.”

As a medical university, education will play a large part in the overall use of the NEW Center. A state-of-the-art lecture hall will be used for student education, and the third floor of the facility will be dedicated to Bio-Med Science Academy, the public STEM+M high school on NEOMED’s campus. The Conference and Event Center will be utilized for professional and community meetings, lectures and presentations about medical field advancements, as well as personal events such as weddings, services and other private gatherings. Lengthy conferences can even be broken up to allow participants to participate in activities within the fitness facility. Catering from the Conference and Event Center will also be available to provide fresh, delicious options for meals, ensuring that the whole conference experience is focused on wellness from every respect.

The first area of the center to open will be Sequoia Wellness in mid August. Integrated Wellness Partners will oversee all of the operations at Sequoia Wellness, from hiring degreed wellness professionals, nutritionists and medical experts to ensuring personalized wellness plans for each member. These wellness experts will provide each member with a multi-dimensional health assessment that analyzes overall muscular strength, endurance, body composition, flexibility, sleep quality, life satisfaction and more. Unlike traditional gyms, Sequoia Wellness will feature overall wellness programming such as wellness education, nutrition services and cooking demonstrations as an additional element at its fitness facility.

“Sequoia Wellness isn’t about the typical hard bodies that you see in gym ads,” said Jim Ellis, executive vice president/managing director for Integrated Wellness Partners. “We are about true wellness, which runs much deeper than that. We see our members as individuals with very specific needs, so we develop a plan and a culture of care that meets those needs and improves their overall quality of life.”

Mike Stoops of IWP will be the general manager of Sequoia Wellness, overseeing the day-today operations at the facility. For the past 10 years, Stoops has managed health and wellness centers while also focusing on the design and development of such facilities. Along with management experience, Stoops has a background in physical fitness and wellness, having worked as an athletic trainer for both the Cleveland Indians and New York Mets.

The features within Sequoia Wellness will be targeted at improving members’ lives from a fully equipped fitness floor to a eatery offering fresh, organic fare prepared under the guidance of a registered dietitian. All base-level land and aquatic group exercise classes are included for members. The 25,000-square-foot Sequoia Wellness facility will house the following:

  • Spacious fitness floor with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Lap and warm-water therapy pools
  • Multi-use gymnasium with three basketball hoops
  • Physical therapy area
  • Free weight area
  • Steam rooms, saunas and whirlpool
  • Group exercise classrooms
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Activity-based babysitting

Sequoia Wellness enrollment is open for community members with an exclusive tiered early sign-up incentive. Sequoia Wellness is offering a 50 percent discount off of the enrollment fee until 500 members have joined. All members after the first 500 will receive 25 percent off if they enroll before Sequoia Wellness opens in August. For more information about Sequoia Wellness visit or call 330.578.9030.

About Signet Development
Signet Development is a premier provider of turnkey development, finance, and project management services with a wide range of experience creating solutions for healthcare providers, institutions of higher education, and public-private partnerships. As strategic real estate and capital partners, we deliver creative financial solutions for our clients while also handling tactical planning, global project coordination, construction management, and facility management for each client and each project. Visit for more information.

About Integrated Wellness Partners
Integrated Wellness Partners (IWP) offers comprehensive, turnkey development, finance, and health and wellness management solutions to health systems, universities, and municipalities across the country and around the globe. We have proven experience and the resources to help our clients bring wellness to their communities. Our principals provide highly specialized knowledge and expertise in distinct disciplines including health and wellness operations, real estate development, and financial solutions. Learn more at

About Northeast Ohio Medical University
For 40 years, NEOMED has worked in collaboration with its educational, clinical and research partners to successfully train health professionals and medical researchers who serve and impact the region and beyond. The University trains students in a team-based, interprofessional environment and offers doctor of medicine (M.D.) and doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees, in addition to master’s and doctoral degrees and research opportunities in other medical areas. Still burning bright after 40 years; visit

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