Fulton State Hopital is closing its YMCA Annex

5 years 4 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, October 30 2014 Oct 30, 2014 Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:05:00 PM CDT October 30, 2014 in News
By: Rachel Wittel, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

FULTON - The city of Fulton will lose its only 24-hour workout facility in about three months.

Fulton State Hospital is closing its YMCA Annex on January 31, 2015 at 5 p.m., in the midst of construction plans to renovate and expand the hospital by 2017. 

As of now, there are no plans to add a separate annex facility. The YMCA Board of Directors will look at options for a 24-hour facility or enhancements to the Wood Street facility, which is Callaway County's main YMCA. 

One former hospital employee, a three-year annex gym member, said this still leaves him without a 24-hour gym.

"There are hundreds of people that utilize this place because it's 24 hours," Chris Branch said. "If you get up at two in the morning, and you feel like going to the gym, you can go. If you don't get off work until midnight, you can go to the gym. At the YMCA, you can't."

Branch said. "It's like bankers' hours at this place, and so you really can't go unless you're just going during the day or early evening. That doesn't fit a lot of our schedules."

The annex and its equipment were essentially free to the YMCA, because of a grant between it and the hospital, leaving the YMCA with only utilities, cable and Internet bills. Because the YMCA is a non-profit organization, Branch said he wanted to know where the money would go once the gym was gone.

"All the hundreds of people that are signed up for a membership to this place have just given them profit," Branch said. "It's like, what are you doing with that money? It should go back to the community. You know, that's what the YMCA is for, so we want some information." 

Sara McDaniel, chief operating officer of the Callaway County YMCA, said the few fees the YMCA pays for the annex now will go back toward the Wood Street facility.

She said the YMCA will continue looking for other facilities, but finding one suitable for a 24-hour schedule is not easy.

"Being here on the state hospital grounds, we've got the security, not only of the cameras that we provide, but the state hospital has security that comes and checks the annex at all times of the day and so those are just all things that we're taking into account as we look for other places in the community that may work if the need is there," McDaniel said.

She said she would take advantage of any opportunity to work with the hospital again in the future. 

The YMCA Annex opened in November 2010 as a partnership with the hospital for its employees and YMCA members in Fulton. 

Fulton State Hospital responded to KOMU 8 News with the flyer it sent out to its employees. It said the Main Y will honor the $10 per month rate all annex-only members get now until April 1. 

It also said hospital employees receive 10 percent off the monthly fees. Those rates are:

-Family/Household $36.90

-Adult (25-54) $26.55

-Single Parent Household $26.55

-Senior (55+) $16.20

-Senior Household $20.70

-Young Adult (15-24) $16.20

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN —Outside a hospital’s confines, providing medical care as a first responder in the wake of COVID-19 adds another... More >>
28 minutes ago Sunday, March 29 2020 Mar 29, 2020 Sunday, March 29, 2020 10:58:00 AM CDT March 29, 2020 in News
AP—The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government's top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday, as authorities... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, March 29 2020 Mar 29, 2020 Sunday, March 29, 2020 10:07:30 AM CDT March 29, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, March 29 2020 Mar 29, 2020 Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:27:00 AM CDT March 29, 2020 in News
MORGAN COUNTY - Morgan County Health Center (MCHC) posted to their Facebook page to let residents in the area know... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:32:20 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - State Representative Joe Runions is continuing his recovery from COVID-19 at home. On March 20, the... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:39:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson is appointing Nodaway County Associate Circuit Judge Doug Thomson of Maryville to the... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:05:51 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
FULTON (AP) — A church in Fulton held its first drive-in services in its parking lot as it practices social... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 5:55:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
CHARITON COUNTY - As more testing is done, more people are confirmed positive for COVID-19. Chariton County placed a stay-at-home... More >>
18 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 5:24:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More surgical masks, gloves, gowns, face shields and other equipment is being sent to healthcare facilities around... More >>
18 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 4:29:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - People in Jefferson City and the surrounding communities woke up to damage that some have never seen... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 4:17:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
O'FALLON (AP) — The death of a person in St. Charles County from the coronavirus is the 10th in Missouri.... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:52:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - A potential exposure of COVID-19 at Mexico Middle School might have occurred the last two days of... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:00:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson announced Friday that the Missouri National Guard would be mobilized to help with the... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:31:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued a statewide order for people to stay at home as... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:09:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
AP — Something was wrong. The chow hall line at New York’s Rikers Island jail had halted. For three hours,... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:04:41 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:55:00 AM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
(AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide topped 600,000 on Saturday as new cases stacked up quickly in... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:43:00 AM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 56°
12pm 58°
1pm 60°
2pm 61°
3pm 62°