December 16, 2011
Houston Baptist University has acquired the Memorial Hermann Wellness Center as part of an ongoing effort to enrich its total student life experience and build a residential community of learning. The state-of-the-art fitness center, which will be known as HBU’s Bradshaw Fitness Center, is located adjacent to the HBU campus on property that fronts the Southwest Freeway.
The acquisition will have significant benefits for every member of HBU’s growing student body and represents an important step forward in the implementation of the University’s Ten Pillars vision for the future, which includes plans to enhance and redevelop its property along the heavily traveled Southwest Freeway between Beechnut and Fondren.
“This purchase further strengthens the long-standing, beneficial partnership between HBU and Memorial Hermann,” said HBU President Robert B. Sloan Jr. “I believe it sends a strong message to the southwest Houston community that both HBU and Memorial Hermann have a keen interest in its future development and will be full participants in the renaissance of the area.”
“The Bradshaw Fitness Center gives the HBU family, and current students in particular, a world-class facility where they can develop their bodies, minds, souls and friendships,” said HBU Director of Student Life Whit Goodwin. “We look forward to using the center to offer new fitness classes and developmental programming that will further build our students’ experiences and memories while at HBU.”
In addition to the immediate benefits the Fitness Center will have for the student body, it will have long-term implications for the University’s NCAA Division I athletic programs. In particular, the facility could play a role in HBU’s recently announced plans to begin the sport of football as a member of the Southland Conference.
“We’re incredibly excited about the capabilities at the Fitness Center,” said HBU Athletic Director Steve Moniaci. “We believe its resources will help us develop the skills of our student-athletes as they compete at college sports’ highest level while also enhancing athletic training and injury prevention and recovery efforts.”
“As a symbol of our great working relationship, Memorial Hermann saw a timely opportunity to help the University expand its programs specifically focused on the physical well-being of its students,” said George Gaston, CEO of Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.
Houston Baptist University is an independent, private Christian liberal arts institution with a diverse student body. The University is dedicated to the development of the intellect, the moral character and the spiritual lives of its students. It has access to all the cultural advantages of one of the largest metropolitan centers in the country.