The Herbert-Perna Center for Physical Health
The Herbert-Perna Center for Physical Health was completed in 2007. This $6.3 million Center was the second phase of the Hospital's expansion plans and now houses the HealthLink and Physical Medicine departments.
Our comprehensive occupational health program, HealthLink, serves more than 3,000 employers and 60,000 workers each year, providing the following benefits:
- Reduced employer and employee costs
- Reduced lost work time
- Enhanced worker productivity
- Minimized Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordables
- Ensured physical preparedness
In addition to HealthLink, the Physical Medicine department evaluates and treats more than 25,000 patients each year, offering a full-spectrum of physical, speech, and occupational therapy services. The department’s expansion included the addition of a heated therapy pool, allowing patients to remain on Hospital grounds during treatment. The addition of the pool will greatly increase the types of treatment available for patients.
The construction of the new building also provided the Hospital with an opportunity to beautify the landscape for all to enjoy. The new reflective garden includes exercise stations, engraved bricks in honor or memory of loved ones, a James Havens sculpture entitled, “Graceful Dancer,” and a fountain whose water originates from an artesian spring, as well as President Rutherford B. Hayes’ former barn.
The Hospital kicked off the development of the Herbert-Perna Center for Physical Health with a groundbreaking ceremony on September 22, 2006. One year later, we celebrated with a three-day commemoration, drawing more than 1,500 visitors to the ribbon cutting ceremony, commemorative garden dedication, and open house.
While the Hospital funded a large portion of the 29,000 square foot Herbert-Perna Center for Physical Health building through bonds, generous contributions by local community members and businesses provided nearly $950,000 towards the Center.
If you missed the opportunity to participate in the Herbert-Perna Center for Physical Health Capital Campaign, there are still naming opportunities available. In addition, you still have time to commemorate a paving brick in honor or memory of a loved one. Please call the Foundation Office at 419-334-6667 for additional information.
Terry Overmyer, Mayor of the City of Fremont, with Michael and Dolores Herbert, who named the building in honor of their parents Edmund and Mary Ellen Herbert and Leonard and Vita Perna.