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PAXTON — Gibson Area Hospital’s new Community Wellness Center opened in September next to the Gibson Area Ambulance Service garage at 239 N. Taft St. in Paxton.
Chad Vaughn, assistant director of therapy services and sports medicine, said the wellness center is located in space once used for physical therapy services. The space was completely renovated prior to a grand opening Sept. 6.
“We started by removing walls from what was the prior clinical space to allow for more space for fitness equipment,” Vaughn said. “The lighting and electrical were all updated, as well as painting and cleaning the entire facility. Rubber flooring was added, and we updated all the phone and data lines to allow for two flat screen TVs, for members to watch while on cardio equipment.”
Vaughn added that the exterior of the building was also repainted, the natural lighting improved, and a new awning installed.
Five weeks later the renovations were complete, and the fitness equipment was moved in.
The first person to sign up for a membership at the wellness center was Nick Fiorillo. Many more signed up during the open house.
“Our open house was very successful and well received by the community of Paxton,” Vaughn said. “During the first hour of the open house we had over 100 people stop by to see the center. By the end of the night we had close to 60 people signed up for memberships.”
In addition to giving a 10 percent discount for memberships during the open house, drawings were held for three one-year memberships and door prizes from Monical’s, Casey’s, and Candy Blossom Bouquet. Sue Naccarato, Wanda Thompson and C. Swanson each won a one-year membership, while Nick Fiorillo and Terry Riggins each won a $10 Casey’s gift card. The winners of the Illini and PBL-themed candy bouquets were Vanessa Piott and Sharon White, with Lori Epps taking home one of the $10 Monical’s gift cards.
The Community Wellness Center is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. An individual membership costs $35 a month, while a partner pass is $45 a month. A family pass, for up to four family members, is $65 dollars a month.
A “Punch Pass” for 15 visits costs $45, and senior citizen memberships start at $16.50 a month.