CVPH Wellness & Fitness Center Will Not Re-Open
The University of Vermont Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) has made the difficult decision to permanently close the Wellness & Fitness Center at 295 New York Road.
The fitness center was a joint venture between CVPH and Power Wellness since 2012. CVPH owns the building, while Power Fitness oversaw programming. CVPH is exploring other potential uses for the space.
The facility initially closed on March 16th out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with an order by Governor Andrew Cuomo once COVID-19 arrived in our region.
“We value all that our Wellness and Fitness Center has brought to our community. Like many people in the Plattsburgh area, we are sad to see this piece of our business not returning,” CVPH President and Chief Operating Officer Michelle LeBeau said. “Given the impact of COVID-19 and the financial challenges we were facing prior to the pandemic, we have decided that our responsibility to the community at this time lies in supporting the hospital, our practices and outpatient services.”
“Our patients are our top priority, and we want to be certain we can continue to provide the care they need now, and in the future, by ensuring we are focused on those strategies that will allow us to meet our mission,” LeBeau explained.
CVPH was already struggling financially before COVID-19 arrived, losing on average $1 million per month. CVPH was on pace to lose $15 million by the end of fiscal year 2020. The pausing of all non-essential surgeries and procedures over the course of 3 months because of the pandemic cost the hospital $31.7 million in lost patient revenue. Even with generous federal and state support of more than $30 million, the projected loss in FY2020 is $13 million.
CVPH has lost approximately $1.3 million in the last five years of the partnership. Additionally, the facility faced more than $1 million in infrastructure costs in the near-future for the gymnasium and pool.
CVPH has invested more than $1 million in upgrades and infrastructure improvements at the facility over the past 15 years.
“We invested that money because we understand the importance of preventative care and how it benefits the entire community,” CVPH Vice President of Population and Information Services Wouter Rietsema, MD offered. “This closure doesn’t change that or the value of the work that was done by employees at the Center to improve numerous lives.”
Dr. Rietsema equated the situation to a family budget, “There are many things that we feel are worthy of spending money on. But, if we continue spending money on all of those items, we could ultimately lose the house. That is why we are focused on our mission-critical programs first. We hope to get back to a place in the future where we can expand that focus.”
Hospital officials were appreciative of the partnership with Power Wellness and the opportunity to provide an option for individuals to improve their health and for several local athletic teams and youth groups to play sports.
Patients undergoing physical therapy at the facility should call (518) 562-4616 to determine where to go for their next appointment. The closure will not cause any job losses for CVPH employees. However, 5 full time and 45 part time Power Wellness employees who have not been working at the facility since March will not return. LeBeau thanked these 50 health professionals for their time and dedication, recognizing the countless hours they spent supporting and cheering on members as they worked toward their fitness goals.
Notices were sent out today to the nearly 1,700 individuals with memberships at the facility. In that notice, the staff said it was a privilege to assist members in their personal health and wellness goals. Power Wellness plans to give refunds to members for all paid dues and ancillary services within the next 30 days. Anyone who has questions should call (518) 324-2024.
About Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
The University of Vermont Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) is a private, not-for profit hospital in Plattsburgh, NY. Established in 1967 with the merger of Champlain Valley and Physicians Hospitals, CVPH joined Fletcher Allen Partners in 2012, which in 2014 became The University of Vermont Health Network. Together with its partner hospitals, the UVM Medical Group and a home health agency, CVPH provides high quality, cost effective care, close to home. Services include an award winning cardiac services program, accredited cancer center, freestanding ambulatory surgery center, comprehensive rehabilitation services and a 24 hour physician-staffed Emergency Department. Governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, CVPH is accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by New York State and Medicare/Medicaid Approved. Learn more at UVMHealth.org/CVPH or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
About The University of Vermont Health Network
The University of Vermont Health Network is an integrated system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives. The partners are:
- The University of Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Porter Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Home Health & Hospice
Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our affiliates remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.