Over a span of a few weeks, the world as we know it has changed. The industry is facing unprecedented pressure as many health facilities are forced to shutter their doors and there’s no telling when life will go back to normal.
There are many unknowns at this point, but as IHRSA works to provide guidance on the situation, we wanted to highlight some health clubs that have stepped up to the plate and are responding to this crisis with leadership and generosity.
Fitness Facility to Become Backup Medical Site
The Newtown Athletic Club’s indoor field house will be turned into a backup medical site to ease local hospitals near Newtown, PA, during the COVID-19 crisis, the club announced recently. The 40,000-square-foot Newtown Sports Training Center, a private athletic training facility, has the capacity to hold over 300 patients, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported. Scott Forster, a local official, told the Philadelphia Inquirer each bed will be equipped to handle patients who need oxygen machines, dialysis, and other treatments that don’t necessitate a fully functional hospital. “The NAC, since 1978, has stood as a staple and cornerstone of the community during some of our nation’s most difficult and trying times,” NAC Owner Jim Worthington said. “This hard time is no different—it is our privilege to be able to contribute and support our community in this small way.” Worthington is the IHRSA Board ex-officio and a member of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition.