BRYAN - The MatureWell Lifestyle Center, a multimillion dollar health and wellness center designed for senior citizens, will begin construction this fall and is expected to be completed six months later.
The center will be a "one-stop shop for seniors who want to manage their chronic condition like arthritis, stay well and lead active lifestyles," said Kathy Krusie, St. Joseph Regional Health Center CEO, which is partnering with the Texas A&M Health Center and Traditions Acquisition Partnership on the development.
The center will contain a swimming pool, gym, exercise area, a pharmacy and labs to do testing that Bryan-College Station residents currently have to drive to Houston for, said Brett Giroir, Texas A&M Health Science Center CEO.
The center's location near Traditions Country Club puts it close to the Health Science Center as well as the 154-apartment Parc Community for senior citizens, which is expected to be completed summer 2016.
The focus on senior citizens comes as the Baby Boomer generation retires and the percent of the U.S. population 65 and older increases from 12 percent in 2000 to 19 percent by 2030, according to the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services.
Usage of the center will require a membership or a recommendation from doctors in the center to use the facilities, said Donovan French, vice president for planning and strategy at St. Joseph.
French said primary care providers at St. Joseph spoke of a need for more substantial care options for the oldest members of the community.
The center will have three geriatricians, six nurse practitioners and a part-time geriatrician serving as medical director. No specialists are planned for the center at this time, Giroir said.