$10 million Wellness Center opens at Garden of the Gods 'Collection'
That vision took physical form in June with the grand opening in June of the $10 million International Health and Wellness Center (IHWC) at 3314 Mesa Road.
Located next to the luxury resort's main building, the two-level, 30,000-square-foot facility, open to the public, “establishes a new model in healthcare delivery for leisure travelers, executives and groups, with a focus on integrated and proactive care,” a press release states.
The basic intent was summed up during the grand opening by IHWC medical director/cardiologist Michael Barber during a grand-opening tour of the building. “People want to live longer,” he summarized. “They don't want it to feel longer.”
The grand opening also underlined the recent renaming of the resort itself. The new moniker is the Garden of the Gods Collection.
According to Smith, the word “Collection” reflects Mackey's and her philosophy about the resort and how it's evolved over the years. The Hill family built it after World War II - with guest
Built over the past 17 months by local contractor GE Johnson, the Wellness Center features a “team of acclaimed, board-certified physicians,” a press release states. They are identified as a cardiologist and internist, kinesiologist, endocrinologist, naturopath, nutritionist, energetic practitioner and physical trainer.
A featured element is the spa, which offers nine treatment rooms, including a therapy room with an Austrian weightless environment bed, a salt inhalation room for halotherapy and an herbal sauna.
In a 2013 interview, after their purchase, Mackey and Smith said they both had personally benefited from wellness centers elsewhere.
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