The massive Center for Integrated Wellness under construction north of Central Illinois Regional Airport and south of McGraw Park has named the person who will direct the integration.

Catherine Porter, 46, an exercise physiologist with 25 years of experience in health and wellness, was named the center’s executive director on Wednesday by Integrated Wellness Partners. Her most recent job was vice president of operations at Four Seasons Health Club, Bloomington.

“We are very excited to bring Catherine to the IWP team,” IWP Operations Director Mike Stoops said. “Her expertise in the industry and being a resident of the Bloomington-Normal area will provide great insight and help this center operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.”

Integrated Wellness Partners is a Signet Enterprises company. Partners in the center project are Signet, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, McLean County Orthopedics and Method Sports Performance.

“I’m excited to get back to the medical fitness industry and working to help people to make lifestyle changes and to help them on their journey to optimal health,” said Porter, who was executive director of the Loyola Health System Fitness Center in Maywood several years ago.

Porter, of Hudson, will foster collaboration between the Advocate BroMenn Health & Wellness Center, McLean County Orthopedics and Method Sports Performance. She also will oversee daily operations of Advocate BroMenn’s medically based fitness center and Method’s scientifically based, medically integrated approach to sports performance.

The center also will include an imaging center and community education area.

John Hesse, Advocate BroMenn vice president of business development, said Porter “understands the individual and employer perspectives of health and wellness. To have a jewel like that already in Bloomington-Normal is huge.”

The Center for Integrated Wellness is the 106,000-square-foot, $35 million facility under construction at Trinity Lane and Cornelius Drive.

“The building is nearly enclosed, hanging of drywall is 60 percent complete, interior painting has started and plumbing and electrical work are ongoing throughout the building,” said Brenden Shea, Signet vice president of construction.

“We hope to complete construction in late summer and open in September,” Shea said.

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