Carmelle Malkovich, Director of External Communications, Dignity Health in Arizona | Mar 31, 2023
Contact: Carmelle Malkovich, Director of External Communications, Dignity Health in Arizona,
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.