Last week we learned that Grant Memorial Hospital is pulling life support from the Hardy County Wellness Center as of June 30. For the hospital it was a matter of finances, or lack of them.
For 13 years the hospital has managed the Wellness Center, covering the cost of personnel and benefits. According to information given the Examiner, the Wellness Center has been a drain on the hospital funds and the Board of Directors decided it could no longer afford the program.
Also, according to the hospital, the Center has been a financial concern to the board for more than 2 years. But at no time was a discussion about the red ink issue held with the Wellness Center personnel. In fact, they had no idea there was a problem until notified by the hospital on April 23 that a new management group would be needed. The hospital gave a 2-month notification about a problem which had been brewing for 2 years.
As management GMH would have been responsible for setting fees at the Wellness Center. There has been no increase in these fees since 2008. It would seem that if the Center was not profitable for all these years, that some adjustment should have been made to the membership fees to stem the loss to the hospital.
There are 500 members who now use the Wellness Center. According to manager Morgan See, 95 to 150 people use the Hardy County Wellness Center daily. That’s a lot of people from a rural area who are taking advantage of this wonderful facility and who are working toward healthier lifestyles…