Albany Athletic Club is keeping its name for now but opened its doors under new ownership on Monday.
Samaritan Health Services announced that it has taken over the operations of the longtime Albany club at 380 N.W. Hickory in North Albany, as the latest addition to its SamFit health and wellness facilities.
According to Josh Cox of Samaritan Health Services, the agreement became effective on Sept. 10, and on Sept. 16 the transition was completed.
“We have been in the process of adding SamFit locations and the opportunity to be able to acquire a facility like Albany Athletic Club fits what we are doing,” Cox said.
Cox said that Samaritan will begin work to make improvements to the facility and equipment. As with other SamFit sites, the Albany facility will operate on a 24/7 basis.
There are no plans to alter what has been working for the club, Cox said. He said the changes will be made over time and likely won’t be completed until some time in early 2014.
For now there will be no name change to the club, although it will be a SamFit site. Among the upgrades set for the club are an electronic entry that will require a card, new cardio and strength-conditioning equipment, and a layout that will bring it in line with other SamFit sites.
Current Albany Athletic Club members will not lose their benefits. Memberships will be maintained. Cox said that standard operations will continue for now.
That includes hours of access, staffing, membership dues, classes and other services, which will remain the same during the transition.
“One cool benefit that current members will likely see is a reduction in dues,” Cox said.
Current staff will stay on, he said.
“We value what Albany Athletic Club has accomplished over the past 30 years,” said Joshua Gustafson, Samaritan’s operations manager for health and wellness. “Our objective is to continue along that same path, while adding new programs and upgrades to improve what is available to membership.”
Gustafson said the goal is to make the transition as smooth as possible.
SamFit opened its first facility in 2011 in Lebanon and then added a Corvallis site in 2012. The Albany site, in North Albany since 1979, will be the largest of the locations.
“Samaritan is committed to providing exceptional community services and that includes preventive health fitness and wellness,” said David Triebes, chief executive officer at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. “SamFit’s mission is to provide self-empowerment to our employees and the community members so they can make lifestyle changes to improve their health.”
Cox said current SamFit members can use the facility right away. Information is available by calling 541-926-2264 or visiting AreYouSamFit.com on line.