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Presbyterian Healthplex

Presbyterian built its Healthplex facility in 1993 near I-25 and San Antonio in Albuquerque. Since then our facility has grown to include a full gymnasium, warm water pool, education suites, satellite gyms, and a wide range of classes. In addition, our rehabilitation programs housed at the Healthplex have expanded to support individuals with various medical conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and pulmonary disease. For details about our outpatient rehabilitation services provided at Presbyterian clinics and other care facilities, visit our Rehabilitation Services page.

Fitness & Wellness Services to Meet Your Needs

Specialties & Services

Cancer Rehab

The Presbyterian Healthplex Cancer Rehabilitation Program offers rehabilitation and support for patients in all phases of cancer treatment.

Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac Rehab at the Presbyterian Healthplex is comprised of individualized prescriptive exercise training and education for patients with heart and vascular disease.

Pulmonary Rehab

Pulmonary Rehab at the Presbyterian Healthplex is designed to control and alleviate symptoms, optimize functional capacity, and enhance the quality of life for people with chronic pulmonary diseases.

Disease Management

Our disease management programs focus on managing and improving existing health risks, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, excessive weight, smoking and sedentary lifestyles. Our Women’s Wellness Program is specially designed to meet the needs of improving the physical health of women of all ages.

Fitness

Our Healthplex fitness programs provide consultation based on your medical history and fitness goals, as well as instruction and assistance with all fitness equipment. Our aquatics program features a water warm pool to reduce pain and allow for greater motion, flexibility and strength. We also provide employee satellite gym locations at multiple locations in the Albuquerque metro area.

Healthplex Facility & Services Features

The latest cardiovascular equipment, including:

  • Ellipticals
  • Recumbent and upright stationary bicycles
  • Stair steppers
  • Rowers
  • Treadmills
  • Basketball / volleyball court
  • Indoor and outdoor running / walking tracks

A variety of fitness classes, including:

  • Step & Low Impact Aerobics
  • Stretch and Tone
  • Chair Fitness Class
  • Yoga
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Ab Express
  • T'ai Chi Chih
  • Balance Class
  • Parkinson's Exercise Program
  • Nia
  • Strength Training
  • Core Conditioning

The Healthplex facility also houses Presbyterian Senior Connection, a membership program for mature adults. To learn more about the health, educational, and social opportunities offered through this program, visit our Senior Connection page.

Interested in joining the Healthplex?

Community members can begin the application process by downloading and completing the following two forms:

After you've completed your forms, please call the Presbyterian Healthplex at 823.8399 for an appointment with one of our exercise specialists. Based on your medical history and personal fitness goals, our exercise staff will develop an exercise prescription tailored to your unique requirements.

Location:

  • Presbyterian Healthplex:
  • 6301 Forest Hills Drive NE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87109
  • Phone: 505-823-8399
  • Fax: 505-823-8324
  • Hours of Operation:

  • Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, closed

(Note: the gym equipment is reserved exclusively for cardiac and pulmonary rehab participants Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Take Control

The Cancer Rehabilitation Program at the Presbyterian Healthplex offers support for patients in all phases of cancer treatment. The program can help to minimize the side effects of cancer treatment, and increase your strength and endurance and your ability to perform daily activities. Cancer rehabilitation can play a vital role in your physical and mental well-being during and after treatment.

The program has two main components:

  • Rehabilitation is generally covered by health insurance (you may have a copayment or coinsurance).
  • Exercise and educational programs are self-pay (not covered by health insurance).

In most cases, you will need a written referral from your healthcare provider for rehabilitation and exercise services. Our outpatient oncology nurse can help you obtain the proper physician’s approval to participate.

Our rehabilitation therapy services include:

  • Physical therapy, which includes exercise, pain management and other activities (such as strength, flexibility and balance) that help you to regain or improve your level of physical function.
  • Occupational therapy, which includes upper extremity rehabilitation, pain management, and education to assist with daily living and work skills, basic motor functions or to compensate for a loss of function.
  • Speech and language pathology, which includes rehabilitation for communication, swallowing and cognitive training for problems related to the head and neck.
  • Lymphedema therapy with certified lymphedema therapists.
  • Individualized home programs

In addition, we offer a 10-week supervised exercise program designed for individuals in all phases of cancer treatment. The THRIVE Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise Program stands for:

  • Totality of Health
  • Healing and Recovery
  • Regaining Function
  • Independence and Strength
  • Victory over Cancer
  • Exercise and Education

With a combination of aerobic, resistance and balance exercises, you can improve muscular strength, bone density and endurance. Testing for fitness, stamina, strength, flexibility and body composition are performed at the beginning and end of the program. Blood pressure and heart rate are monitored before and after each exercise session. Participants work one-on-one with exercise specialists to design a program that fits their individual needs and features:

  • Cancer-certified exercise specialists
  • Individualized training, supervision and accountability
  • Group exercise

Note: A doctor’s approval is required for participation. Financial assistance available for those who qualify.

  • Location:

  • Presbyterian Healthplex
  • 6301 Forest Hills Drive NE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87109
  • Fax: 505-823-8355

For more information about Presbyterian’s Cancer Rehabilitation Program, call 505-823-8350, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or call 505-823-8331 to leave a message for the oncology nurse.

Improved Cardiovascular Health

Cardiac Rehab at the Presbyterian Healthplex provides individualized prescriptive exercise training, education, and counseling for patients with heart and vascular disease. Research demonstrates there are multiple benefits from cardiac rehab services including:

  • Improvement in heart-related symptoms
  • Improvement in exercise tolerance
  • Better understanding of heart disease and related risk factors
  • Improvement in blood lipids
  • Improvement in feeling of well-being; reduction of stress
  • Access to a variety of risk factor modification programs: Weight Loss, Stress Management and Relaxation, Nutritional and Diabetes Counseling

Our staff of seasoned experts works with participants to improve cardiovascular health with exercises that increase aerobic capacity, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. Our comprehensive program includes counseling and an education series to decrease contributing risk factors and optimize recovery. Cardiac Rehab staff includes physicians, nurses, exercise specialists, an exercise physiologist, dietitians, a certified diabetes educator, and a respiratory therapist.

In addition to our Cardiac Rehab services featured here, you may also want to visit The Heart Center at Presbyterian to learn more about our heart care services.

Contact Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Team:

505-823-8582

Phase Descriptions

Phase II

Phase II Cardiac Rehab is a physician referred program for individuals with a recent cardiac event or diagnosis such as heart failure, heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, or stent placement. Participants exercise in a physician supervised setting and work on risk factor modification through classroom education with support from a multi-disciplinary staff. Research clearly demonstrates the health benefits of attending a Cardiac Rehab program. Request a referral from your physician if you're a candidate.

Phase II Hours:

12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Cardiac Maintenance

Phase IV is a maintenance exercise program for Phase II graduates or for those with a remote cardiac history and are considered to be at low risk for problems during exercise.

  • Phase IV Hours:

  • 5:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday
  • 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday
  • 5:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Friday
  • 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Saturday
  • Location:

  • Presbyterian Healthplex
  • 6301 Forest Hills Drive NE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87109
  • Main Phone: 505-823-8399
  • Fax: 505-823-8355

Enhance Your Life

Pulmonary Rehab at the Presbyterian Healthplex is designed to control and alleviate symptoms, optimize functional capacity, and enhance the quality of life for people with chronic pulmonary diseases such as:

  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Chronic Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
  • Chronic and Exertional Hypoxemia

According to the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), demonstrated outcomes of pulmonary rehabilitation include:

  • Improved quality of life
  • Reduced hospitalizations and use of medical resources
  • Reduced respiratory symptoms (e.g., dyspnea)
  • Increased exercise tolerance and performance
  • Enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Increased knowledge about pulmonary disease and its management

Program Specifics

  • Requires a physician referral
  • Requires a pulmonary diagnosis
  • Most insurances will cover all or part of the payment
  • 24 visits of exercise and education classes

Program Components

Pre- and post-program individual fitness assessment, including:

  • Health history
  • Body measurements
  • Vital sign parameters and oxygen saturation level
  • Fitness testing

Education Training

  • Breathing techniques
  • Bronchial hygiene
  • Proper use of metered dose inhalers
  • Medications
  • Exercise techniques
  • Energy conservation
  • Coping skills
  • Proper nutrition
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Traveling with oxygen

Individualized Exercise Prescription

Healthplex Exercise Specialists develop personalized exercise programs based on your medical history and personal fitness goals, complete with instruction and supervision.

Psychosocial Support

Not only will participation in this program increase fitness and knowledge levels, it will provide you the opportunity to develop supportive and nurturing relationships with colleagues and staff to ensure program success.

A Team for Your Health

  • Medical Director
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Exercise Specialists
  • Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Registered Nurses
  • Registered Dietitians

After Rehab

After graduation from the Pulmonary Rehab Program, patients are welcome to continue their exercise prescription in the Lung Gym Maintenance Program for a self-pay monthly rate. Let the staff at the Presbyterian Healthplex help you continue your life-long commitment to exercise and risk factor modification!

  • Program Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Contact

    Healthplex Pulmonary Rehab Coordinator: Pam Haines, CRT, RCP 505-823-8360
  • Healthplex Clinical Programs Nurse: Shannon Sterritt, RN 505-823-8420
  • Location:

  • Presbyterian Healthplex
  • 6301 Forest Hills Drive NE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87109
  • Fax: 505-823-8355

Disease Management

Presbyterian Healthplex offers health and wellness activates to minimize the side effects of chronic disease. Currently our programming includes:

  • Parkinson’s Exercise Program

    A series of exercise “chair classes” for individuals with Parkinson’s and their spouse or care partner. Please contact Mari Lyford at 505-823-8312 for more information about this and other programs, as well as ongoing maintenance exercise classes. This class is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Inspired Exercise

Enjoy access to our state-of-the-art fitness facilities and instruction from exercise specialists by becoming a member today. Membership is available to individuals in the community. We also offer exclusive access to our Healthplex satellite gyms to Presbyterian employees. Details about our fitness programs, aquatic facility and membership are provided below.

Healthplex Exercise Programs

Features include:

  • Personalized exercise program consultation and follow up with professional exercise staff
  • Instruction and use of cardiovascular exercise equipment
  • Zumba, Step & Low Impact Aerobics, Stretch and Tone, Chair Fitness Class, Yoga, Indoor Cycling classes, Nia, Balance Class, Ab Express, T'ai Chi Chih, Parkinson's Exercise Program, Core Conditioning, and Muscle Hour
  • Instruction and use of resistance training equipment
  • Basketball/volleyball court
  • Indoor and outdoor running/walking tracks

Health Improvement Program

The Health Improvement Program at the Presbyterian Healthplex is designed for the promotion of a healthy lifestyle that can help prevent future health problems. This program focuses on managing and improving existing health risks, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, excessive weight, smoking and sedentary lifestyles, and includes:

  • Personalized exercise program and weight resistance training
  • Supervision from Exercise Specialists
  • Offerings include a variety of fitness classes such as Zumba, Yoga, T'ai Chi Chih, Nia, and Indoor Cycling
  • Prenatal/Postpartum Fitness Classes

Anyone interested in creating healthy behaviors is welcome in the Health Improvement Program. Please note: Every member is screened by an exercise specialist prior to his or her first exercise session.

Women’s Wellness Health Improvement Program

Though the program is designed for women of all ages, it provides wonderful opportunities for women to address mid-life health concerns through exercise, education, and support. Our program benefits all women, including those who want to:

  • Make a healthy adjustment to menopause
  • Recover from gynecological surgery or joint replacement
  • Reduce the risk of skeletal fracture due to osteoporosis
  • Alleviate other health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, or excessive weight

The components of the Women's Wellness Program include individual exercise programs including:

  • Cardiovascular exercise regimen
  • Weight training instruction
  • Fitness classes (low impact aerobics, stretching, toning, core conditioning, step aerobics, Yoga, Nia)
  • Guidance from our health professionals
  • Mid-Life Support Group monthly meetings (support group and lectures)
  • Location:

  • Presbyterian Healthplex:
  • 6301 Forest Hills Drive NE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87109
  • Phone: 505-823-8399
  • Fax: 505-823-8324
  • Hours of Operation:

  • Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, closed
  • (Note: the gym equipment is reserved exclusively for cardiac and pulmonary rehab participants Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Interested in joining the Healthplex?

Community members can begin the application process by downloading and completing the following two forms:

After you've completed your forms, please call the Presbyterian Healthplex at 823-8399 for an appointment with one of our exercise specialists. Based on your medical history and personal fitness goals, our exercise staff will develop an exercise prescription tailored to your unique requirements.

Presbyterian Employee Healthplex Membership

Presbyterian is committed to helping its employees achieve their health and physical activity goals. Employee membership at the Healthplex is open to PHS employees, their spouses or domestic partners, or family members living in the same household and includes:

  • Personalized exercise prescription and follow up with professional exercise staff
  • Instruction and use of cardiovascular exercise equipment
  • 24/7 access to the satellite gyms
  • Numerous fitness classes
  • Instruction and use of resistance training equipment
  • Basketball/volleyball court
  • Indoor and outdoor running/walking tracks

Additional services available:

  • Exercise consult
  • Personal training (at an additional fee)
  • Body composition measurements

Cost of Employee Health Program Membership

As part of Presbyterian's commitment to employee wellness, usage of all Healthplex facilities is now free! If you are a current Healthplex member, you don't have to do anything. Your last deduction was in December. If you are not a current Healthplex member, sign up now and get started on your fitness goals.

Applying for PHS Employee Healthplex Membership

Print and fill out the following PDF forms and bring or fax them to the Healthplex:

Healthplex Satellite Gyms for Presbyterian Employees

The Healthplex satellite gyms for Presbyterian employees are located at:

  • Presbyterian Hospital (in the Ruth Hanna area)
  • Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital (in corridor A, adjacent to the hospice courtyard)
  • Presbyterian Administrative Center (PAC) (in the Sandia Vista Room 135-137)
  • Presbyterian Rust Medical Center (on the second floor of the POB)
  • Coming soon: The Cooper Center!

The satellite gyms are conveniently located for employees to exercise and improve their fitness. For your convenience, an exercise specialist will come to your location to develop your exercise prescription and orient you to the equipment. Call 505-823-8399 today to schedule your appointment.

Presbyterian Aquatics

The warm water environment is used to reduce pain, allowing for greater motion, flexibility and strength. The Program offers rehabilitation and maintenance for the following conditions and diagnoses:

  • Chronic low back and neck pain
  • Orthopedic surgeries
  • Sports injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatologic diseases
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pain management
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological impairment
  • Muscle weakness and general deconditioning
  • Pool class information:

Classes are approximately 50 minutes in length. You are welcome to come to one class per day at any convenient time for you. Call 505-823-8399 for the current aquatics class and fee schedule.

  • Location:

  • 5528 Eubank Blvd. NE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87109
  • 505-823-8399
  • Hours of Operation:

  • Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • riday, 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, closed