# 5: Berkeley Medical Center Closes Wellness Center; community expresses extreme dissatisfaction | Newspaper

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MARTINSBURG – When Berkeley Medical Center officially announced a partnership with Onelife Fitness and the closure of the wellness center on the hospital campus, the community immediately greeted the change with concern.

The announcement was made in early August via a letter to members of the wellness center, and a social media group struggling to keep the center open quickly gained traction, with hundreds joining.

The outcry led to a briefing between community members and representatives from WVU Hospitals-East and Onelife Fitness, a meeting where both sides of the issue were supposed to be heard.

On the business and medical side, representatives explained that the Wellness Center and its system is a not-for-profit healthcare system that focused on caring for the sick and injured, as well as well-being. , for more than 20 years. However, the closure came as there was a “critical demand for more clinical space”, as well as for other reasons, including the need to provide more comprehensive clinical services so that residents did not have to. need to leave the area for treatment; the need to provide more advanced cardiovascular services, a program that already does not have enough space for the doctors currently there; reallocate space to accommodate the expansion of the Eastern Region Heart and Vascular Institute; and to help provide comprehensive care in emergency departments, intensive care and medico-surgical units, which requires more space.

Members of the wellness center were to be offered trails and specials at Onelife Fitness as the partnership between the two facilities was underway, leading the community to suspect that funding was at stake. the origin of the decision. Representatives stressed that funding has never been a factor of change.

During the briefing, community members and wellness center members shared stories about the community built at the center, highlighted the ease of access and support found in the building for elderly members and the important role the facility has played in the well-being and paths of many of its members.


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