Charter Fitness Employee Saves Club Member from Cardiac Arrest

Jul 30, 2012, 12:09 ET from Charter Fitness

CHICAGO, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Anna Henson, an employee of Charter Fitness of Bloomington, saved the life of a club member after he went into cardiac arrest on July 8, 2012. The club member had been sitting on a bench in the club when he passed out and fell to the floor. Henson took immediate action. She called 911, retrieved the club's defibrillator and began CPR keeping the member alive until paramedics arrived. The member later recovered at the hospital.

"We are trained at Charter Fitness to respond to emergencies. I am glad that I could help and that he is OK," said Anna Henson.

In a statement from Bloomington Fire Department, Captain Brad McCollum wrote, "The patient's survival from this event was due in large part to the quick action of your employee (Anna Henson)."

"We take the health and well-being of Charter Fitness' members very seriously and are very proud of Anna Henson's life-saving efforts," said Dan Collins, Director of Sales, Charter Fitness. Every club is equipped with a defibrillator, and each employee is trained on how to respond to a serious event such as a cardiac arrest.

A week after the incident, the member came into Charter Fitness of Bloomington with flowers, gifts, and many thanks for Henson.

Charter Fitness Franchising LLC was recently approved to franchise its Charter Fitness Health Club brand nationally. The Company recently converted 38 Cardinal Fitness locations in Chicago, downstate Illinois and Northwest Indiana to the Charter Fitness brand, increasing the number of clubs to over 40 in five states. It is now the largest health club business in the Chicago, IL metropolitan area, and expects to hire 200 employees over the coming months.

About Charter Fitness Franchising LLC

Based in Orland Park, IL, Charter Fitness Franchising LLC is a health club franchise with over 40 locations in five states. Charter Fitness health clubs offer members a clean, comfortable and convenient workout experience with best-in-class fitness equipment for as low as $10 per month. Charter Fitness strongly believes in community involvement and is a member of the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).

SOURCE Charter Fitness