St. Luke’s to close its Westport fitness center

05/06/2014 8:43 PM

05/06/2014 8:43 PM

The St. Luke’s Center for Health Enhancement, a fitness center at 4200 Wornall Road, will close June 1 because of inadequate revenues and need for costly building replacement that wasn’t justifiable, according to the hospital system.

The building, located across the street from the flagship hospital, also houses St. Luke’s cardiac rehabilitation program.

The cardiac rehab operations are expected to relocate within 90 days to new space inside the hospital and nearer to its Mid America Heart Institute. Funds for that relocation came through the St. Luke’s Foundation.

Hospital officials said the fitness center building, originally opened as an employee benefit, had reached its “end of life” and required multi-million-dollar replacement that was deemed to be “not the best utilization of funds” by the health care system.

Only about 30 percent of the fitness center users were hospital employees. Most users were members of the public who paid membership fees, but the center wasn’t paying for itself, the hospital said.

Diane Stafford/stafford@kcstar.com

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