Holy Name Medical Center announced on Wednesday that Reg Grant joined its leadership team as director of human performance to develop and launch a new medical fitness program.
The program aims to prevent or reduce the incidence and severity of chronic illnesses and diseases, using an integrative approach focused on a person’s unique lifestyle.
“We need to rethink how we approach wellness, especially during a time when people are stressed out, burned out, plugged in 24/7 and juggling competing priorities,” said Adam Jarrett, chief medical officer at Holy Name. “This program – at its base – is about prevention. It’s about getting to people before they’re sick and developing a wellness plan that works.”
“Our vision is to create a national model that reimagines the way hospitals and health providers care for people,” said Michael Maron, president & CEO of Holy Name. “Reg has done this successfully throughout his career with elite athletes and will scale that for the individuals and families, here in New Jersey and beyond,” Maron said.
Grant will collaborate with Holy Name’s data science and information technology (IT) teams to develop a program that tracks, monitors, and analyzes a person’s health and wellness goals and progress. He will assemble and lead a team of doctors, specialists, nurses, nutritionists, physical therapists, and other experts to then create and pilot the program among high school students in Bergen County first. Following that, Grant will roll it out to Holy Name employees and later, members of HNH Fitness.
“We will be tackling this from a big picture perspective, creating an evidence-based integrated system that takes a person’s entire lifestyle into consideration,” said Grant. “We’re shifting the focus from treatment to prevention – looking at everything from family dynamic to community environment – so we can link them to specialties and services that will improve health and productivity, help develop resilience, and ultimately enable people to live more fulfilling lives.”
Prior to his role at Holy Name, Grant was the head strength and conditioning coach for the New York Rangers and president of the Strength and Conditioning Association of Professional Hockey.
Previous roles included coaching and teaching positions with Concordia University and he taught physical education and health at the University of Toronto in Canada.