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Big Muddy River Correctional Center opens Wellness Center for staff 

Big Muddy River Correctional Center opens Wellness Center for staff

Employees presented Warden Zachary Roeckerman with an appreciation plaque for implementing the Big Muddy River Correctional Center Wellness Center for staff. From left are members of the Big Muddy River Staff Wellness Center Committee: Correctional Officers Nick Nalley and John Maragni, Office Associate Tammi Kink, Correctional Officer Kenny Brown, Warden Zachary Roeckeman and Correctional Officers Shane Orange and Gary Stark.

SPRINGFIELD – April 25, 2013 - Big Muddy River Correctional Center is proud to announce the recent opening of its Wellness Center for staff in its efforts of promoting a healthy lifestyle.

“A staff Wellness Center has been a dream of many employees here at Big Muddy River Correctional Center for a number of years,” said Warden Roeckerman. “When we obtained some equipment following the closure of Tamms Correctional Center, it provided an opportunity for us to look at our space usage and effectively incorporate the equipment into a room.”

Roeckerman noted that many staff have worked diligently to make the Wellness Center a reality including: Major Kevin Rousey, Supply Supervisor III Jo O’Daniel, Leisure Time Services Supervisor Shaun Hudson, Correctional Officers Shane Orange and John Maragni, Assistant Warden of Programs Robert Craig and Assistant Warden of Operations Greg Lambert.

“Having a private place for staff to work out and improve their physical health was important to us,” Roeckerman said. “With the amount of staff who use the equipment and the typical stressors of jobs in a correctional environment, it became obvious that by making a few small adjustments we could make major, positive improvements to the lives of our employees. Knowing that physical activity improves both a person’s physical and mental health was a big catalyst for making these changes,” he added.

The creation of this Wellness Center will create a stress free environment where staff can exercise together, encourage each other to reach their individual goals, and improve morale- making a positive impact on the facility as a whole.