May 27, 2020
Many Arizona businesses are working hard to get their stores re-open and back to business after a challenging few months. Since its re-opening on May 18th, Mountainside Fitness has received overwhelmingly positive responses from their members and new registrants and broad support from the community at large. A significant part of the success comes from the dedication and hard work of Mountainside Fitness employees as they continue to ensure the health and safety of guests. As a thank you to their employees, Mountainside Fitness has established the new “Firebird” Fund Employee Assistance Program to help employees during these difficult times.
With much uncertainty and instability as a result of COVID-19, CEO and founder of Mountainside Fitness Tom Hatten and Senior Vice President of Human Resources Robyn Klawitter created the new “Firebird” Fund to help provide relief to keep their employees healthy and strong. The program will be used to assist any Mountainside Fitness employee with a need in one of five (5) categories including financial, medical, meals, paid-time off or childcare. Every employee is eligible to request assistance.
The program will be overseen and governed by nine board members coming from the fitness clubs. No corporate office employee will be eligible to serve on the board. This committee will determine disbursement of funds to employee request as well as oversee fundraisers.
To help jump-start the program, CEO Tom Hatten has personally donated $10,000 to the fund. Mountainside Fitness employees can contribute to the fund either by donating 1-2 days of personal time off or monetary contributions that can be deducted from future paychecks that will go directly into the fund.
“As we continue to face the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, we are grateful for our tremendous employees that work hard to ensure our guests are safe and our fitness centers remain healthy and happy. Taking care of our valuable team is important to Mountainside Fitness and we are fortunate to be able to provide assistance during these uncertain times,” and moving forward. It will be an addition to our culture, said Tom Hatten, CEO and Founder of Mountainside Fitness.
April 28, 2020
The state mandated closures surrounding Covid-19 have caused extreme financial hardships to big and small businesses across Arizona, and that doesn’t even compare to the hundreds of lives lost during this pandemic.
Wanting to do its part both financially and responsibly, Mountainside Fitness announced the locally owned and operated company will make a $100,000 donation to the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund on Monday. Tom Hatten, CEO and Founder of Mountainside Fitness said the company chose the state’s coronavirus relief fund because it helps organizations and people who are on the frontlines and struggling as result of COVID-19.
“We wanted to make the biggest impact we could and help as many people as possible,” said Hatten. “This is the fund that is helping people throughout the state right now who are in all kinds of immediate desperate situations as of result of this pandemic,” said Hatten. But that’s not it, Mountainside Fitness is also partnering with Patients Choice offering its parking lots, resources and staff to offer approximately 200 antibody tests per event to the general public. Patients Choice Lab will offer the drive-up antibody blood test to those who have pre-registered at www.ptchoice.com. The first event for antibody testing will be on Tuesday, April 28th in the parking lot of Mountainside Fitness Glendale and Wednesday, April 29th at the Chandler location from 11am to 2pm. At least five other antibody test sites and days will be assigned in the coming weeks.
The COVID-19 antibody testing is another way Mountainside hopes to assist the state so the re-open process moves smoothly over the next few weeks. Hatten like many small and big business owners hopes to see the state reopening by early May. The antibody test for the current coronavirus antibodies (SARS-CoV-2 IgM/IgG Antibodies) that help detect both current and past exposure. These results will be available within 24-48 hours. The price of test and blood draw $114. The goal is to test at least 200 people at each site. Participants must pre-register www.ptchoice.com or call (602) 923-0605.
“Thanks to Mountainside Fitness the COVID-19 Antibody testing will be available at Mountainside Fitness locations throughout the Phoenix Metro starting at Tuesday's event and at many more of their locations in the weeks to come,” said Chantell Ketchem, VP of Sales and Marketing for Patient’s Choice Lab. “Mountainside Fitness has not only offered access to all of its locations but also provided important resources to my team that has helped make it possible to provide testing access to people in areas of our community that we may not have previously been able to reach.”
April 13, 2020
Early Friday morning, staff at Mountainside Fitness, Arizona’s largest locally-owned fitness center chain, donated over 40 packages of Purell sanitizing wipes to their partners at Banner Health.
Founder and CEO, Tom Hatten, said, “We are very proud Mountainside Fitness was able to assist in the fight against Covid-19 by donating these sanitizing wipes to Banner Health. The medical teams at Banner Health have our sincere gratitude for all they are going through in the front lines of this pandemic.”
In additon to the donation, Mountainside is also offering free at-home workouts to the public through their website (www.mountainsidefitness.com). Workouts include Facebook LIVE Group Fitness classes like H.I.IT., Barre, Yoga, Pilates, and more. They also release a Workout of the Day and their daily Peak Performance Zone workouts. “We are here for you Arizona to do whatever we can in assisting your ongoing fitness needs and stress relief” Hatten said.
February 10, 2020
Mountainside Fitness recently donated $15,000 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Hope Fund that finances innovative research, cutting-edge technology, physician recruitment, and child-friendly programs and services. The programs, according to a press release, makes the hospital environment more comfortable for patients and their families.
Mountainside Fitness’ donation resulted from efforts from a silent auction conducted with Charity Benefits Unlimited, a company that partners with local and national charities as well as businesses. Mountainside Fitness partners with Charity Benefits twice a year with auctions involving sports and pop culture memorabilia, the release said.
“We chose Phoenix Children’s Hospital as the beneficiary for our latest auction. We have always been a strong advocate for supporting health and wellness. This donation will help support physicians, patient care and research at Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” said Tom Hatten, Mountainside Fitness CEO/founder, in a prepared statement.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is noted as the only Arizona licensed children’s hospital, providing inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the southwest, the release said of one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, providing care across more than 75 pediatric specialties.