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Fitness center, gift shop latest casualties in Woodburn Health Center changes

Health care reform continues to affect the services offered at Woodburn Health Center.

Officials at Silverton Health, which owns the Woodburn clinic, confirmed that the Wellspring Fitness Center along with The Source boutique gift shop will close July 31. The fitness center, which has 374 members, will reopen as an expanded space for physical and cardiac rehabilitation, said Rita Baiocco Kester, spokeswoman for Silverton Health.

The Source will become a retail pharmacy, she said.

“It’s more of a plan to bring services here to our patients in Woodburn,” Baiocco Kester said. “This is part of the recognition that physical therapy and health management services needed more space.”

The move came as a shock to Samuel Boru, a member at the facility for more than four years, he said. For Boru, the fitness center felt like home, he said.

“I am pretty sad and upset,” Boru said. “The staff is so friendly here. I don't want it to close.”

Four full-time employees and one temporary one were given layoff notices as a result of the closure, including three at the fitness center, Baiocco Kester said. Employees were offered severance and job counseling services, she said.

Just last year, Silverton Health cut 35 jobs after closing its spa, downsizing The Source and closing its fine dining restaurant, Vitality. In March, the hospital completed a $1.8 million construction project that brought Woodburn Family Medicine and Woodburn Internal Medicine under one roof.

Hospital officials said at the time that the move would lower costs, attract more patients and improve patient care. The moves have pointed the Woodburn clinic in a more profitable direction, according to Rick Cagen president of Silverton Health.

“Health care reform continues to impact the way all hospitals provide care to their communities,” Cagen wrote in an email. “Silverton Health continues to make very difficult decisions in order to provide our communities with high quality, cost-effective care and improved access to our services.”




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