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Pinckneyville Community Hospital has announced it will break ground on its Wellness Center at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 16.

“This new construction project proves our commitment to lead the way to a healthier tomorrow,” Randall Dauby, CEO of Pinckneyville Community Hospital, said in a news release. “It is no secret that the medical community is rapidly embracing a more holistic approach to health. The idea is to not only get you healthy but to keep you healthy. We believe that our vision for the Wellness Center will do just that.”

The Wellness Center at Pinckneyville Community Hospital will be a 16,000-square-foot facility that will be built on the southwest side of the hospital campus. The therapy and fitness departments that are currently housed at Southern Illinois Rehabilitation on The Square will be relocated to the Wellness Center.

The Wellness Center will offer private therapy rooms for physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as a separate space for work hardening and massage therapy. The fitness center in the Wellness Center will be open to members 24/7 through a badged entry system. In addition to the exercise machines, weights, and an indoor walking path, the new facility will feature locker rooms and a separate area for group fitness classes.

One of the biggest additions to the Wellness Center will be a therapy pool.

“We want the community to benefit from the pool, not just our patients,” Dauby said. “We hope to even eventually offer swimming lessons or provide a place for sports teams to condition.”

The Wellness Center was designed by Spencer Architects. The board awarded the contracting bid to Evrard-Strang during the March 4 meeting. Partial funding for the Wellness Center was provided by the Delta Regional Authority. The remaining cost of the project is being financed through the USDA Rural Development Program.

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