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Adventist Hinsdale Hospital to close off-site cardiac rehab center

Adventist Heart Care Rehab Fitness Center | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media
Adventist Heart Care Rehab Fitness Center | Kimberly Fornek/Sun-Times Media
Kimberly Fornek
kfornek@pioneerlocal.com
June 20 6:40 p.m.

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital plans to sell its building, at 220 E. Ogden Ave., which houses two rehabilitation programs and assorted hospital offices.

The building, which is east of the Shell gas station on Ogden Avenue, is home to a program for pediatric patients and a rehabilitation center for cardiac patients who are continuing their exercise routine after recovering from treatment.

The Adventist Paulson Pediatric Rehabilitation Center provides physical, speech and other kinds of therapy to children under 18. The center will continue to operate from another location that has yet to be decided, said spokesperson Julie Busch.

But the HeartCare Rehab Fitness Center in the same building is closing.

After people who have had a heart attack or cardiac procedure are treated at the hospital, they follow a 12-week exercise program where they are closely monitored by professional staff, Busch said.

After the 12 weeks, the hospital encourages them to continue an exercise program on their own. One place to do that has been the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation center on Ogden.

“It’s something like going to a health club,” Busch said.

There are treadmills and a running track, but there’s also nurse and exercise physiologists staffing the center. The hospital also allowed its employees to use the facility, which gets about 300 visits a week.

“We have about 150 active users of this service,” Busch said. “But it has been operating at a significant loss for more than 10 years.”

Donations from the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation have helped keep the rehabilitation center running. The building, however, is in need of costly repairs, Busch said.

“With the changes in the health care industry, we can’t continue to sustain the service, especially at an off-site piece of real estate,” Busch said.

Adventist Midwest Health will begin to market the property soon, Busch said. Hospital services there are expected to end in mid-July.

She knows a group of people have become friends by working out together there for 15 years or so.

“We recognize it is a very close-knit group of people,” Busch said.

Alternatives are being sought for the users of the fitness center.

The Oak Brook Park District, for example, allows residents to use its fitness center for $35 a month, after a $100 enrollment fee. Nonresidents pay $44 a month.

Users of the HeartCare Rehab Fitness center were charged $70 a month, or $70 for 10 visits, Busch said.

LaGrange Memorial Hospital also operates a rehabilitation center, but Busch said there are not a lot of openings there.

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