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Lincoln Health System (LHS) has announced the discontinuation of the wellness service at the Patrick Rehab-Wellness Center.

The decision to close the service was made after a review of the Wellness Service volumes and revenues for the past year.  The Wellness Service experienced a 66% decline in revenues from January to December 2020 as well as a 65% decline in wellness member visits.  Although utilization of the service has been trending downward over the past several years, this extreme membership decline is believed to be caused by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

The last day of operations for the Wellness Service will be March 31, 2021. The closure will not affect the facility’s outpatient rehabilitation and therapy services which operate in the same location.  The Patrick Rehab Center will move forward with a concentration on providing Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy services for their patients.

“Our mission at Lincoln Health System is to provide quality, patient-focused health care for our community,” said LHS CEO Darrell Blaylock. “We will continue this mission and our vision of leading our community toward wellness by focusing on providing the essential health care services we need here in Lincoln County.”

8 Comments

  1. Teresa Brown on February 1, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    I saw this coming but still hate to hear this. Much of my social life was centered on group fitness classes for many years. I love each one of you who taught those classes.



  2. Adele Pitts on February 1, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    So sad. I have not been coming because of COVID, but planned to resume when it was safer. Have been a member for more than 25 years.



  3. Linda Paladino on February 3, 2021 at 3:12 am

    Please rethink this. The reason given was because of declining use and revenue over the past year believed to be caused by covid. I believe people will return as numbers go down and more and more get the vaccine. This is a much needed facility in our community as part of our wellness.



    • Katie Stovall on February 3, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      Hi, Ms. Paladino. We are proud to have been able to provide the community with a quality wellness service for so many years. The decision to close the wellness service was made after careful review of financial and usage trends over the past several years and was not made solely in response to 2020 trends. We appreciate your support of the Patrick and LHS as a whole.



  4. Mary Ann Meyer-Schuck on February 3, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Sad to hear this. I don’t believe using attendance numbers from this past year is a good reason to close. I think this issue should be revisited after covid. Where do Silver Sneakers members go now. Your staff was always more helpful than other gyms in town.



    • Katie Stovall on February 3, 2021 at 7:51 pm

      Hi, Mrs. Meyer-Schuck. We are happy to hear that our staff has a history of being helpful! The decision to close the wellness service was made after careful review of financial and usage trends over the past several years and was not made solely in response to 2020 trends. I am sure you can agree that as an independent, non-profit health system and the only hospital in the county, leadership had to make the best choice they could to ensure the viability of the health care services provided to the community by LHS. We appreciate your support of the Patrick and LHS as a whole.
      Your insurance company should be able to direct you to other facilities that participate in Silver Sneakers.



  5. Cherry Colbert on February 27, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    You agreed to offer your facility to BCBS when you knew you were going to close it. I go every day, and it is picking up. Have been going since 1990’s. Your senior citizens need this facility, your tax payers, good citizens. We have paid all your taxes that are acquired from us all of our lives. Now looks like there are so many ways to invent and go over how you could save money to keep this open. Plus our swim team from schools need the pool. A lot of County money goes to things that really doesn’t help anyone. This has been one of the business that is the best thing that has been done for its taxpayers.



    • Katie Stovall on March 2, 2021 at 10:03 pm

      Hi, Ms. Colbert. Thank you for your long-term support of the Patrick. We are proud to have been able to offer its amenities to members over the years. While Lincoln Health System is a county-owned health system, we do not receive any county funding and are not supported by tax dollars. Again, we thank you for being a loyal Patrick member!



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