A Wellness Gym Will Be Closing Its Doors The End Of August

A Wellness Gym Will Be Closing Its Doors The End Of August

A Lexington woman is upset that her wellness gym is closing down at the end of the month. She says it could be a matter of life and death.
A gym closing its doors might not sound like a big deal, but one Lexington woman said for her, it could be a matter of life and death.

Holly King said the wellness gym at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital saved her life.

"I've been able to live for 14 years. If you would've asked me 14 years ago, I thought I might have a couple years left," said King.

But things could change for king after she received a letter in the mail from the hospital, which said the gym would be closing its doors.

"We feel our clients can be served in the community on this delivery model with wellness changes in the health care model. Which make it necessary to focus on our core functions in the provisions of patient rehab, skill rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, as well as our health care services," said Dan Hudson, V.P., Therapy Services, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.

King has COPD Emphysema, and said there's no other gym like Cardinal Hill that can accommodate her needs.

"With oxygen in place, I need a special place. I need a place without scents. I need a place where I can exercise with people," said King.

People she said that are also battling things like MS, arthritis, strokes and spinal problems.

In the letter Hill received, there was a list of seven other gyms.

But Hill said those gyms won't work.

"They don't have the right equipment. And the fact that their places aren't set up for people like us," said Hill.



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