McPherson Hospital Hess Fitness Center

The Hess Fitness Center was made possible through a donation provided by the late George and Evaline Hess in 1981. Their generosity gave the community of McPherson and the surrounding area an affordable place to exercise and gain valuable fitness knowledge. The fitness center provides an excellent space to work out in an atmosphere that encourages interaction and exercise enjoyment. Membership is limited to prevent overcrowding.

Are you ready to get fit?
Fitness Center Staff If the answer is yes, and you realize that it will take time to see body composition changes, then we can assist you in developing an appropriate program. We promote a lifestyle habit of exercise that can result in more energy, stress reduction, a better self-image, improved flexibility, strength, muscle tone and endurance. We provide the instruction and you provide the commitment! This quality fitness program is provided by a staff of experienced technicians with educational backgrounds in exercise. You will find the staff not only knowledgeable, but friendly, encouraging and helpful!

To get started…
  1. Complete the health history consent form and have it signed by your physician if necessary.
  2. Call (620) 241-2251, ext. 176 to set up your assessment appointment (this can be done in one, 1½ hour session or in two, 45 minute sessions).
  3. Bring your completed consent form and payment the day of your assessment. Please dress in exercise attire that includes a short sleeve shirt and tennis shoes.
  4. The following tests are available and may vary according to your age or risk factors.
Blood pressure Flexibility
Lung capacity
Abdominal strength
Weight Body composition
Step test
Target heart rate
Upper & Lower body strength
Stretching exercises
Equipment explanation
Individual exercise prescription

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McPherson Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Program began in January of 1987 with the assistance of St. Francis Medical Center of Wichita and is located in the Hess Fitness Center.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is the process by which a person is restored to a productive, active, and satisfactory life as soon as possible after heart disease is identified.

A participant of the program learns to adjust to new lifestyles, develop improved fitness, reduce or eliminate risk factors which contribute to heart disease and return to a productive life.

The Cardiac Rehab Program is a physician referred program. Participation is for those individuals with coronary problems that consist of a heart attack, angina or coronary bypass surgery.

      Through participation in the program the patients will:
    • better understand their heart condition
    • modify habits that put them at risk
    • recondition their heart muscle and increase the efficiency of their lungs through physical exercise
    • establish a safe and effective lifetime exercise program
    • enhance the quality of their life

Participants in the Cardiac Rehab Program are directly instructed and supervised by a registered nurse and fitness professional specially trained in cardiac care.

The Program
The Cardiac Rehab Program is a three phase sequence of care from hospital admission through recovery. McPherson Hospital provides Phase 2 and Phase 3.

Phase 1 occurs while a person is hospitalized for heart disease and continues until dismissal from the hospital.

Phase 2 is a monitored, out-patient program which begins after hospital discharge.

The out-patient attends sessions three times a week. During the exercise portion of the session participants are continuously monitored with a telemetry unit and their blood pressure is checked periodically. The exercise portion includes a warm-up and stretching phase, an aerobic phase with the use of an ergometer bicycle and/or treadmill, and a cool-down and stretching phase.

The Phase 2 program is generally for a six week session, but the type and extent of the coronary disease will determine the actual length of time spent in the program.

Fitness Center
Phase 3 is a maintenance program. The former cardiac participant may enter the regular fitness program at the Hess Fitness Center with the approval of their physician.

The person exercises in a supervised atmosphere, but is not monitored on the telemetry unit. This maintenance program allows the participant to work independently under given guidelines and to maintain fitness for life.

For more information, please contact the
Hess Fitness Center at:
620-241-2250, ext. 176

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