Macon Health Club’s future still unclear

The Medical Center of Central Georgia still has not made a final decision about whether to maintain operation of the Macon Health Club, hospital spokeswoman Janie Poulnott said Tuesday.

During a major cost-cutting initiative last fall, The Medical Center decided to close the club because it operates at a $100,000 annual loss. But the hospital gave health club boosters a temporary reprieve, first until spring and then until late summer, to develop a viable counter-proposal or work out alternative management.

Hospital leaders had hoped to make a decision by the end of August. The hospital’s budget year ends Sept. 30.

Don Cornett, chairman of the Macon Health Club board, said last week that he remains hopeful that the hospital will decide to maintain the historic downtown club, which has about 600 members.