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St. Dominic, The Club to build unique lifestyle center

One of Jackson’s largest hospitals and a company with fitness centers scattered across the state are pooling their efforts to bring a facility that the two entities say will “change the face of wellness and fitness currently available in Mississippi.”

In late November, St. Dominic Health Services and The Club unveiled a new partnership to create a unique health-focused lifestyle center. The partnership plans to encompass both St. Dominic’s HealthLine Wellness facility and all current locations of The Club.

The partnership, which has been some two years in the making, plans to build a $13-million, 34,000-square-foot flagship lifestyle center, to be located at The Township at Colony Park, a Kerioth Corporation Development, on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland.

“This facility will be unparalleled in its ability to serve the community,” said Mike Elinski, managing partner of The Club. “We are anxious to offer such a progressive and innovative menu of services to our combined members.

Elinski said The Club’s ownership has had a vision for the delivery of a fully augmented wellness for some time. One of the owners that is part of The Club’s strategic team has had past relationships with St. Dominic and knew that it shared a similar vision, so the fit was a perfect one.

“This ‘Premier’ version of The Club will offer 5-Star elegance and attention to detail and cleanliness not found in any fitness or wellness center in the state,” Elinski added. “It will offer the most advanced and innovative programs known to health and fitness. We will offer anti-aging and executive health screening and programming.”

St. Dominic has long prided itself on a holistic approach to wellness and fitness. Elinski said the new center will incorporate that philosophy.

“We want to enhance the physical along with the mental and spiritual well-being of the person to give them a true and complete picture of how we can help them achieve their total health goals,” he said. “Again, just picture walking into the finest hotel in the world, and this will be the look and feel you will receive when walking into this new facility.”

Deidra Bell, CFO at St. Dominic, said, “The Club’s dedication to physical fitness and St. Dominic’s commitment to healthcare creates the ability to focus on the physical, medical and spiritual health of our communities.”

The planned amenities include: a full-service spa; wellness and anti-aging programs; tennis center including pro shop with five hard and five Rubico courts; free weights/LifeFitness and plate loaded selectorized equipment; private women’s-only specialty workout area; LifeFitness cardio equipment; nutritional services; café and nutrition bar; themed and resort-style outdoor pool with swim team lanes; indoor heated aerobic and lap pool; locker rooms and lounges; fully augmented aerobics and group exercise rooms; childcare center; Greg LeMond Revmaster Cycling Studio; retail area offering nutritional supplements, sports clothing and accessories; tanning facilities; and, other features.

The center will also be a healthy addition to the community. It will employ approximately 15 full-time and 50 part-time workers.

Construction is slated to begin in late spring of 2009. St Dominic and The Club hope to have it completed mid-year 2010.

The partnership between St. Dominic and The Club may just be warming up. They are already talking about future projects. They could not speak on those at press time, but did allow that they “are working on a number of exciting additional ventures presently.”

The Club is certainly not a stranger to growth. The first center opened in July 2002 on Lake Harbour Drive in Ridgeland, and has since expanded to Brandon, The Township @ Colony Park, Hernando and Madison. The Club offers a full slate of services.

Elinski, a 23-year veteran of the health and fitness arena, who in the past has worked for the two largest health club chains in the country, said, “We are driven to provide the finest exercise experience to each and every one of our current and or potential members. We demand the cleanest of facilities and will not tolerate a piece of equipment out of order for longer than 48 hours. I remind my staff all the time, ‘It’s all about the member.’ Every club has equipment, so we try to separate ourselves by hiring quality staff, buying the best equipment, keeping the club spotless at all times, maintaining our equipment on a daily basis and, above all, just loving our members and helping them in any way we can.”

St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital has been a fixture in Jackson since 1946. It is one of Mississippi’s largest hospitals, offering nearly 600 beds, the fifth-most in the state.

Contact MBJ staff writer Wally Northway at wally.northway@msbusiness.com.

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