OCEANSIDE — The Tri-City Medical Center board of directors gave the OK on Aug. 27 to Chief Financial Officer Larry Anderson to negotiate purchasing the Wellness Center it presently leases and operates. Purchasing the mega gym, located in Carlsbad, would save an estimated $22 million compared to the current lease cost of $117 million over a 25-year agreement.
“At this point we’re not making money, we just opened,” Courtney Berlin, Tri-City Medical Center public affairs and marketing manager, said. “It’s something we want to stay with.”
The recently built Wellness Center will take a while to break even as an investment, but staff already takes pride in how it serves the community. The two-story gym boasts an indoor track, workout equipment, Pilates and yoga studios, and three pools including a HydroWorx therapy pool that has an underwater treadmill. Another plus is that nurses are on staff to medically supervise participants during cardiac rehab and physical rehab workouts.
“We’re capable of serving the medically underfit with more medical supervision and one on one time,” Berlin said.
The gym is known for its medically supervised rehabilitation programs, but is open to all fitness levels.
“We want people to know it’s a gym that serves two different target audiences, younger and older people,” Berlin said. “Anybody who walks in and sees what we have to offer would be pretty excited.”
There is no timeline for Anderson to come back to the Tri-City Medical Center board with a proposal to purchase the Wellness Center.