PBRMC announces fitness center closure

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center announced Tuesday that the P.A.R.C. Fitness Center will be closing, effective December 31, 2013.

PBRMC said the closure is an effort to achieve optimal organizational efficiencies and allow concentrated focus on needed medial services for the community.

"We greatly appreciate the support of our P.A.R.C. Fitness Center members over the past several years and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to anyone," said Ken James, PBRMC Market CEO. "We would like to encourage our fitness members to take advantage of the many other great options our community offers to help meet their fitness goals."

Current rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational and speech therapies, at the P.A.R.C. will continue to operate as normal. Any fitness members who have paid in advance for membership will receive a refund for remaining months of their membership.

For fitness members paying by automatic withdrawal, whether through electronic funds transfer or payroll deduction, withdrawals will cease effective December 31, 2013.

Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center has made significant investments and will continue making significant investments to bring the best healthcare home to the region. In January 2013, PBRMC opened the doors to a new $173 million state-of-the-art hospital facility. In August 2013, the new Physicians Office Plaza was opened and is now home to more than 20 specialty physicians. PBRMC is also in the process of renovating the North Campus to create a comprehensive Cancer Center with the latest in technology, including more than a $4 million capital investment for a new Varian True Beam linear particle accelerator.

According to PBRMC, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and funding cuts from sequestration have left many unanswered questions about the future of healthcare in our country. Like many other hospitals, PBRMC continues to face millions in revenue cuts from Medicare and Medicaid payments.

"These financial cuts become a reality as we work to fulfill our commitment in bringing high quality healthcare home to our communities, which includes the investment of millions of dollars in new facilities, technology and services," said James. "All this being considered, it is vitally important that we take every necessary step to ensure we are providing the best care possible, while smartly and efficiently managing the hospital for today and for the future."

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