By Kathleen E. Carey, Delaware County Daily Times

By fall of next year, Main Line HealthCare officials anticipate opening the doors to a $47 million, 131,500-square-foot health center on a 217-acre tract of land in the heart of Concordville.

Business and community leaders lauded the project as a new approach to caring for communities by focusing on wellness and prevention as much as medical care and disease control.

“It’s not just about taking care of sick people,” John J. Lynch, president and CEO of Main Line HealthCare, said. “One of the ways we can make a different is to stop people from getting sick.”

The facility at 1022 Baltimore Pike will feature primary and specialty care physicians office, as well as an urgent care center and a Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation program. Main Line is partnering with Nemours Children’s Health System to provide pediatric primary and urgent care, as well.

It will also include a Fitness & Wellness Center with saltwater filtered pools, with one being a 25-yard lap pool, a therapy pool, a spa pool, steam rooms, saunas, towel service and state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

“This center will be a haven for fitness and wellness,” Lynch said, adding that staff will build relationships with the clients. “When you sign up and you come a couple of weeks, then you miss a couple of weeks, if they’ve got your cell phone number, if they’ve got your e-mail address, if they know where you live, you’re going to hear from them because they are about engagement and helping you get on a path to fitness and prevention.”

Leslie Adelman Banks of Princeton, N.J.-based Fitness and Wellness Professional Services who is partnering with Main Line to create the facility, explained it will have programs for cancer wellness, geriatric wellness, Parkinson’s wellness, cardiac health and juveniles.

She said each client will be evaluated based on age, bone structure, height and weight and other factors such as existing medical conditions.

“We’ll take each person as an individual and cater to their programming needs,” she explained. “It’s about getting everyone moving. We want to cater to the population. It’s all about getting everybody out and doing something that’s healthy.”

The center will be home to an all-encompassing swim team, whose sole requirement for participation is the ability to swim four laps.

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