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The 1,000-square-foot Wellness Corner is part of St. Joseph Hoag Health's commitment to population health.

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St. Joseph Hoag Health, Irvine, Calif., opened a new Wellness Corner inside LA Fitness Irvine–Crossroads on Monday, the first in Orange County to focus on muscular, joint and spinal health.  

The 1,000-square-foot facility offers natural, noninvasive therapies including acupuncture, chiropractic care, physical therapy, bodywork and more. The goal is to promote healing, prevent injury and accelerate recovery in locations where people exercise. 

"Bringing health care to the places that are most accessible influences healthy behaviors, resulting in a healthier population," says Annette Buckel, vice president of wellness at St. Joseph Hoag Health.

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The facility focuses on natural, noninvasive therapies to promote healing, prevent injury and accelerate injury recovery.

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St. Joseph Hoag Health is committed to improving the health of the communities it serves by focusing on convenience and prevention.

"Wellness Corners are a great example of population health solutions because they have helped our customers live a healthier lifestyle, including reductions in inactivity, obesity and stress,” she says. “Adding physical medicine to our continuum of care makes available even more preventive services for the Orange County community.”

Wellness Corner at LA Fitness Irvine–Crossroads is open to anyone in the community who wants to move and feel his or her best, with an emphasis on helping athletes and weekend warriors achieve long-term performance goals and remain injury-free.

"Spinal and muscular health is central to your well-being. Using natural methods, we can help to rebalance, restore and revitalize your body to better health," says Jan Carlo Zegarra, lead physical medicine provider for Wellness Corner at the facility.  

"Partnering with our patients and their primary care teams, our providers will work together to achieve a common goal of optimal health and healing," he says.  

Zegarra is an expert in sports rehabilitation and performance, and has extensive experience with athletes, including professionals in a variety of sports.  

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St. Joseph Hoag Health operates six Wellness Corners in Orange County, with a seventh scheduled to open in the fall.

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The new Wellness Corner unites two major health leaders headquartered in Irvine. 

"At LA Fitness, we know that muscular, joint and spinal health and balance can be critical components of enjoying and maximizing the benefits of the many options of physical activity we offer in our clubs,” says Bill Horner, senior vice president and chief real estate officer, LA Fitness.

“Locating services within an LA Fitness club that focus on the well-being of these components, especially when provided by other high-quality Orange County wellness institutions such as St. Joseph Hoag Health, is a natural fit for all of us," he says.

Contractors involved in the new Wellness Corner project include RKAA Architects Inc., PR Construction, JBI Interiors, and SDA Architects & Designers, all located in Southern California.

Six Wellness Corners are now operating in Orange County with one more scheduled to open this fall. St. Joseph Hoag Health also operates four direct-to-employer wellness centers that are custom designed to serve a single employer, their employees and families.