Hess Fitness Center

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT.....Please note that out of safety concerns for members, patients and staff in this difficult time, we regret to announce the immediate closure of the Hess Fitness Center until further notice. However, due to necessary ongoing treatments for Cardiac Rehabilitation patients, the center will be accessible for those patients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the regular time. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


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.  

Are you ready to get fit?

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…

  • Complete the health history consent form.
  • Read this form
  • Call (620) 241-2251, ext. 176 to set up your assessment appointment 
  • 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.

The following tests are available and may vary according to your age or risk factors. These tests are not mandatory for participation.

  • Blood pressure
  • Flexibility
  • O2 stat
  • Abdominal strength
  • Weight and body composition
  • Target heart rate
  • Upper & lower body strength
  • Stretching exercises
  • Equipment explanation
  • Individual exercise prescription

Discount Membership includes the following:

  • Hospital and PRN employees and family members living in the same residence enjoy a free membership
  • Medical staff (including Radiologists & ER physicians)
  • Office staff of active medical staff
  • Active auxiliary members
  • Seniors (60+)
  • Corporate memberships
  • Full-time students
  • On-call volunteers for Hess Fitness Center
  • Hospital board members

Family memberships include anyone living at the same residence over the age of 16. Students under 16 may join but need to be with a parent when working out.