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May 20, 2024 11:05 AM
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Update from Yavapai Regional Medical Center

As a result of the financial challenges Dignity Health Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) is currently experiencing, the hospital will be closing the Pendleton Center Adult Fitness program at both our Prescott and Prescott Valley locations. This means the center will no longer be offering fitness memberships, including Primary, Silver Sneakers, Silver Sneakers Prime, Silver & Fit and Renew Active. The closure includes gym access, group fitness classes, Zoom fitness classes, and personal training for members.

The closure of the Pendleton Center is the only service at YRMC to be impacted. The decision to close the program was not made lightly and done after great thought and analysis. When YRMC began offering fitness services more than three decades ago, the population in Yavapai County was much smaller, and fewer exercise programs and options were available. Today, several competing programs and options exist in our community, many of which are offered at a much lower cost than what we’re able to provide.

The Pendleton Center Adult Fitness program team has proudly offered quality fitness and preventive classes to our community for more than 30 years. They have built meaningful relationships with our members, providing outstanding service and support for those who wanted to improve or sustain their health and well-being. We are very thankful for the team’s service and contributions, and for the community members who participated in our program.

Each program member is being sent a letter about the closure, along with a list of comparable programs that are currently available in the community. Leadership and HR have met with the affected team members, and they are being given the opportunity to apply for open positions in which they qualify.

Given our current focus on financial stewardship, the program’s closure will have the least impact on the services that are most critical to our community. Rehabilitation services, diabetes education and medical nutrition therapy will not be impacted by the closure and will remain available services.

We truly appreciate the community’s support as we weather through our current circumstances to continue our important work of caring for those in need.

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4 Responses

  1. I suspect this is the first … well second shoe to drop. First you failed to come to an agreement with BC/BS leaving hundreds of community members in the lurch. not much Dignity in that.
    I know allowing Dignity to take over YMRC was a hard, and maybe necessary decision. But, our community has suffered with insufficient doctor panels and services. Shame.

  2. There are no fitness programs comparable to what was offered in PV. I did all the research before I found this fitness center. They all have equipment, but very few classes and definitely not the personal support.

    The way this was done was very unprofessional. I’m pretty sure this decision was not made as quick as they make it sound. It would have been nice to know a couple weeks ahead. I sure it was known at least two weeks ahead.

  3. to close the Pendleton is just another way of showing the Dollar is more important then to keeping one’s health so that more money is made to keep people needing Heath service at the top of your goals by not giving service’s to keep them healthy.

  4. Dignity health is putting profits over people. The Pendleton center was a wonderful way for the older population to stay healthy and active. Sadly keeping healthy is not a money maker for the hospital industry and it’s all about profits.

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