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The Essentia Health Fitness & Therapy Center at 402 E. Second St. is moving because it is on the site of a replacement hospital bed tower, surgical suites and clinic space.
The center is moving to the former Younkers department store in the Miller Hill Mall. The store will be remodeled to create a larger fitness and therapy center on half of the first floor.
We’re remodeling the former department store, so we’re still working on a timeline. We expect the new center to open this fall.
All fitness and therapy staff will transfer to the new mall location.
Equipment will be moved to the new mall location and we’ll add more, thanks to having more space.
The therapy center is moving to the mall location, where patients will find two larger gyms dedicated to serving them. The gyms will offer more privacy during appointments.
Fitness memberships and day passes will automatically transfer to the new mall location.
Please talk with staff at the fitness center or call (218) 786-5400.
We have around 4,500 members.
Essentia Health offers a unique option: a medical fitness center. We not only help patients recover and rehabilitate but also offer them and our fitness members a safe place to exercise that’s staffed by medically trained professionals. We help patients continue to pursue wellness and fitness after treatment for heart attacks, strokes, brain injuries, cancer, orthopedic injuries and surgeries as well as other medical conditions.
There is limited space on the downtown medical campus, especially with our large construction project, and the mall offers a location with plenty of free parking for members and patients.
We know some fitness center members will be disappointed by not having a lap pool but there are pools in the community. We needed to prioritize our spending on medical services and equipment that form the core of what we do as a health care provider. You can find pools at these locations:
Hydrotherapy is an important part of some patients’ rehabilitation, so we will have a therapy pool at the mall location.
We have fitness and therapy centers in at high schools in Esko and Maple.
The new center at the mall will be open 105 hours a week, just like the current center, and open to employees. A small employee workout area also will be created in the Duluth Clinic’s Third Street Building on the downtown campus. Details on this new option will be communicated later.
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