First National Bank of Paxton Donates to GAH’s newest Elite Performance in Paxton

November 13, 2017


Pictured at the newest Elite Performance facility in Paxton (left to right): Tyler Brucker, Director of Elite Performance; Justin Goss, contractor/co-owner of Sorenson building; Justin Swan, President of First National Bank of Paxton, Curt Homann, Director of Development of Gibson Area Hospital Foundation; and Rob Schmitt, CEO of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services.


When First National Bank President Justin Swan heard that Gibson Area Hospital’s Elite Performance was planning a huge expansion in Paxton, he thought a donation to the hospital’s foundation would benefit not just the workout facility, but the community as a whole.  Having another fitness option available to the community that could provide all the benefits of a personal trainer, including specialized instruction and customized workouts to satisfy one’s fitness goals and needs, has been a subject Gibson Area Hospital Administration has talked about for a long time. Now with support from First National Bank, this multi-use athletic and fitness center is going to be a reality for Paxton.


To show their commitment to Gibson Area Hospital, First National Bank of Paxton made a donation of $10,000 to the Gibson Area Hospital Foundation. This will help fund the remodeling of the future Elite facility, formerly the old Sorensen factory on Route 45 north of Paxton.  Set to open sometime in January 2018, the building is undergoing extensive remodeling by local contractors Justin and Jeff Goss, of Loda, to turn it into a first-class workout and fitness destination.


The Elite Performance of Paxton will include programs for all ages and abilities.  Because work-outs are designed with the individual member in mind and based on initial baseline assessments coupled with desired goals, there is a program for everyone. When completed in January, the facility will include Olympic racking weight systems, bikes, treadmills, plyometric equipment, and even indoor turf for speed development movement and sled push/pull movements.  Other non-traditional offerings not seen in other facilities will include indoor hitting cages, a rock wall for climbing, and a separate room for yoga and a variety of group classes. Justin Swan commented, “I am excited to be part of a project like this, offering so much.  It’s not just for athletes. It will also be a place for adults like me who want to improve their health and fitness and might need personal instruction too.


Rob Schmitt, CEO of Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services, saluted the cooperation between First National Bank of Paxton and Elite Performance. “The commitment made by Justin and First National Bank of Paxton is very much appreciated and we cannot wait to bring this service to Paxton to support the community’s health and wellness, while at the same time helping athletes surpass their athletic potential. We are ecstatic to receive this generous donation from Justin and First National Bank of Paxton.  This truly shows both our commitments to this community.”  

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