By Jean A. Flanagan –
Grant Memorial Hospital Board has announced they will no longer support the Hardy County Health and Wellness Center and unless other management can be located, the center will close June 30.
The center, which opened in 1999, is home to an indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art exercise equipment and an aerobics room with a flexible floor. The center offers programs and classes for all ages, ranging from school-aged children to senior citizens.
According to Mary Beth Barr, Chief Executive Officer of Grant Memorial Hospital, the decision by the board was a financial one.
“The center has never made money,” she said. “In fact, it never came close to breaking even. It’s lost more than $100,000 a year, so we’ve put conservatively, about $1.4 million into the operation of the center over the past 14 years.”
Barr said the hospital’s move to a Critical Access Center in 2009 changed the way Grant Memorial Hospital does business. “Since becoming a Critical Assess Hospital in 2009, we have been diligently focusing on core services that meet our mission and along with that focus, have also kept a finger on the pulse of unit, departments and centers that are struggling financially,” she said.
In addition, Barr said the hospital wants to expand other programs and can no longer afford to carry the Wellness Center…