St. Bernards Health & Wellness Finds Partner in Club Automation

  • By Mitch Granger
  • 12 Jan, 2017

"I was looking for a partner, not a vendor, who could take us to the next level."-Paul Pickens, GM, St. Bernards

      "I was looking for a partner, not a vendor, who could take us to the next level." -Paul Pickens, GM, St. Bernards


Bannockburn, Il-

Club Automation, the leader in cloud-based management solutions for health & wellness facilities, is proud to announce its partnership with the St. Bernards Health & Wellness Center in Jonesboro, AR.  St. Bernards Health & Wellness, an affiliate of  St. Bernards Medical Center , is a 50,000 sq. foot facility equipped with fitness, cardiovascular and strength training equipment, as well as an aquatic center, a spa, and café.

After three months on Club Automation, General Manager of St. Bernards, Paul Pickens, shared his thoughts about his software experience. Below are chosen excerpts:


Ultimately, why did you choose to partner with Club Automation?

    The key word here is partner. I was looking for a partner, not a vendor, who could take us to the next level. I felt Club Automation had the experience from a club level and knew what clubs were needing and could respond.


      How was the transition process from your previous software to Club Automation?

        I was not part of the initial on-boarding with our previous software. I can tell you from others who were here during that time, they were very impressed with the work from CA, and the constant feedback with updates.


          What was your “go-live” experience like?

            It was very helpful to have your staff here for two days. They were extremely hands on, helping our entire staff with any question, and your staff came in with a knowledge of how we wanted things to work. Very supportive with ideas in helping us design our departments.


              Three months later…how has Club Automation improved your operation?

                From a membership standpoint it is great. The reduced time a member spends enrolling has been helpful. CA billing is saving us around 2-3 hrs. Members have real time notification on any drafts returned. CA has done a tremendous job with your support team. I hope you can maintain your level of customer service through the growth I know CA will experience in the years to come.  


                About Club Automation

                Founded in 2007, Club Automation is a leading health club management software for consumer-based businesses, including health & athletic clubs and medically integrated wellness centers. Club Automation's complete web-based solution currently serves over 300 enterprise-grade facilities nationwide. For more information and product detail, you can visit Club Automation's website at    www.clubautomation.com

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                By Mitch Granger 26 Apr, 2017

                Running a health club is a time-consuming endeavor for anyone. Retaining your current members can help ensure you have more time to focus on things at your club without having to worry about your gaining new members due to a high member turnover rate.

                One key thing to keep in mind, when it comes to retaining members is the trickledown effect, from the high-level athletes to the low level athletes. If your high-level programs are going strong, it attracts people at the next tier down and the next tier down all the way down to your beginners. Conversely, if your high-level programs aren't strong, it tends to not attract people at the lower levels. You always want to make sure that your high level programs are going well.


                Recently at College Park I gathered my men's tennis directors to come up with a few areas of focus that we wanted to work on in our men's tennis program. We found these three areas can be applicable to any health club in retaining members.


                1.       Cultivating a social team atmosphere

                Often times clubs are dealing with former college athletes, former high school athletes and everybody wants to be part of a team. So maybe it's grabbing dinner after a hard practice. Or making a t-shirt before a big play off match. Anything you can do to make people feel a bigger part of a movement and a bigger part of your tribe is going to make them feel connected as members and help you retain them.

                2.       Connecting individually with people, especially key people

                People want a connection beyond the surface. I always make it my goal to let people know that they're really my friends. If your members want you to be successful, then you'll be successful. People can tell when you care and it's important that they know that our relationship goes to a deeper level.

                3.       Content in your programs and classes

                People don't want to do the same old stale stuff. They want to know that you're innovating and thinking of new ideas and keeping your programs fresh. Believe me, when they sense that you care in that way, they'll tell their friends about you


                These are the three areas of focus that we've learned, you might have different ones. One of the things for me, as a manager of 100 employees I've learned is these are not just a way to engage my members more and make them feel more connected. It's also a blueprint for me to make sure I'm engaging my staff as much as possible as well.

                By Mitch Granger 10 Apr, 2017

                “Our operations have completely turned around since we started using CA.”- Mallory Danna, Business Operations, Cliff Drysdale 

                By Mitch Granger 06 Apr, 2017

                Bannockburn, Il-


                As a Club Industry "Top 100" Club, Genesys Athletic Club (GAC) was in search of a software they could count on. After an extensive search, they found that and more in Club Automation. For many athletic clubs,  scheduling and viewing court reservations is a chore; with Club Automation it doesn't have to be. We sat down with the GAC to investigate what made our system so valuable. Below are chosen excerpts. 

                "What I love about Club Automation, is, I'll take my tablet, I'll go on the court sheets and see what activity we had the night before. To see what we have going on first thing in the morning."

                -Don Leavy

                 

                As a true web-based platform, real time updates occur automatically in Club Automation. Ultimately, this makes life easier for the tennis pros and personal trainers that work at clubs using the software.  With Club Automation, they don't need to be at the club to schedule a lesson, they can do it from anywhere on their phone or tablet.

                "Club Automation is your daily calendar. That's the first thing you need to look at every single morning, so that you know where you're at, where you need to be, and it helps me manage this department 100% better than the old paper way. I can't tell you enough good things about what Club Automation has done for our department here at Genesys."


                -Don Leavy


                The strong partnership Genesys continues to maintain with Club Automation is a testament to the value both parties place on running a successful health club.


                About Genesys Athletic Club:

                Located in Grand Blanc, MI, the GAC was ranked #83 in   Club Industry's  annual  "Top 100 Health Clubs."  Genesys Athletic offers a dynamic 220,000 sq. ft. facility with: fitness, aquatics, golf, tennis, basketball, and aerobic & group exercise. GAC is owned by Ascension Health- the largest Catholic Ministry in the country which provides a direct line to the clinical aspects of  Ascension's medical system.

                About Club Automation:

                Founded in 2007, Club Automation is a leading health club management software for consumer-based businesses, including health & athletic clubs and medically integrated wellness centers. Club Automation's complete web-based solution currently serves over 300 enterprise-grade facilities nationwide. For more information and product detail, you can visit Club Automation's website at  www.clubautomation.com

                By Mitch Granger 12 Jan, 2017

                      "I was looking for a partner, not a vendor, who could take us to the next level." -Paul Pickens, GM, St. Bernards


                Bannockburn, Il-

                Club Automation, the leader in cloud-based management solutions for health & wellness facilities, is proud to announce its partnership with the St. Bernards Health & Wellness Center in Jonesboro, AR.  St. Bernards Health & Wellness, an affiliate of  St. Bernards Medical Center , is a 50,000 sq. foot facility equipped with fitness, cardiovascular and strength training equipment, as well as an aquatic center, a spa, and café.

                After three months on Club Automation, General Manager of St. Bernards, Paul Pickens, shared his thoughts about his software experience. Below are chosen excerpts:


                Ultimately, why did you choose to partner with Club Automation?

                  The key word here is partner. I was looking for a partner, not a vendor, who could take us to the next level. I felt Club Automation had the experience from a club level and knew what clubs were needing and could respond.


                    How was the transition process from your previous software to Club Automation?

                      I was not part of the initial on-boarding with our previous software. I can tell you from others who were here during that time, they were very impressed with the work from CA, and the constant feedback with updates.


                        What was your “go-live” experience like?

                          It was very helpful to have your staff here for two days. They were extremely hands on, helping our entire staff with any question, and your staff came in with a knowledge of how we wanted things to work. Very supportive with ideas in helping us design our departments.


                            Three months later…how has Club Automation improved your operation?

                              From a membership standpoint it is great. The reduced time a member spends enrolling has been helpful. CA billing is saving us around 2-3 hrs. Members have real time notification on any drafts returned. CA has done a tremendous job with your support team. I hope you can maintain your level of customer service through the growth I know CA will experience in the years to come.  


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