CHICAGO (CBS) — Members of a southwest suburban hospital health club that’s slated for closing are banding together in an effort to find ways to keep it open.
The Palos Health and Fitness Club closing is part of Palos Community Hospital’s plan to expand its facility in Orland Park on 153rd Street and West Avenue.
Hospital vice president of planning Tim Brosnan said the expanded facility will include more diagnostic services and physician specialties, but there wasn’t room to keep the fitness center.
“It also is requiring us to look at access points to the campus, parking,” he said. “It was a difficult decision on the part of the hospital, but our focus and our priorities really are to provide high quality medical care services to this community.”
Mary Ellen Smolinski said she and other fitness club members are heartbroken about the plan to close the fitness club.
Smolinski said the current facility in Orland Park is “definitely a wellness center.”
“It’s for healthy people trying to stay healthy but it’s also for people that have problems staying healthy,” she said.