Join the Fitness Center

To join the Jack Barto Center for Employee Fitness, enroll through the fitness center page on our intranet, Capslive.

The Jack Barto Center for Employee Fitness is a great benefit we offer our employees and their eligible dependents.  We want you to embrace a healthier lifestyle so we can all take better care of our selves and each other.

Who Can Join

We invite all employees of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, NHRMC Physician Group and Pender Memorial Hospital and their eligible dependents to join the Jack Barto Center for Employee Fitness.  You can join as an individual or sign up for our family plan.

When You Can Join

You can join and start working out with us almost immediately after you start as an employee.  Just fill out the enrollment, we'll update your information in the personnel system and you are ready to go. This generally takes just three business days.

Retired Employees

Employees who meet the following criteria may extend their fitness center membership after retirement:

  • Age 65 at retirement with 5 years of service
  • Age 60 at retirement with 10 years of service
  • Age 55 at retirement with 25 years of service

Years of service is calculated based on the employee’s original date of hire.



  • Retiring employees will have 60 days from their last day of work to enroll for membership
  • Retiring employees will receive a letter at their home address with instructions and a form for enrolling or extending their fitness center membership. This will be the only opportunity to join or extend membership into retirement.
  • Retirees who return their completed enrollment for before their retirement date can continue to use the facility and services without interruption
  • Retirees must be a member of the fitness center in order for their spouse to join
  • FTE status prior to retirement is not a factor

Payment Information

The cost is the same as active employees: 

  • $10.83 per month for single coverage
  • $21.66 per month for retiree and spouse
  • Payment for the first month is due at the fitness center service desk by credit or debit card only at the first visit as a retiree
  • All other payments are due by the first of the month
  • Membership will expire by the 15th of the following month is payment is not made


We want exercise to be something important to your whole family, so we offer specialty classes and programs for children. But there are some legal restrictions we need to follow.  

  • Your child must be at least 15 years old to use the facility, classes and equipment.   
  • Kids who are 13 and 14 can work out with a trainer, take any of our classes with a parent and use the track for running and walking. 
  • Teens can also take a two-part course that gives them an orientation to some of the equipment and information on safe workouts. Once your teen takes his or her course and passes a test, he or she will be given access to work out on certain equipment without a trainer as long as they follow the exercises given in class. Parents must also remain in the same room/area of the facility when their teen is working out.   
  • We offer special programs and classes for younger children throughout the year, including Fitastic Kids (once a year). Keep an eye on our class schedule to know what's available.
  • We provide drop-in childcare for your children between the ages of 3 months and 12 years old. See the drop-in childcare page for more rules and information.

Enrollment Commitment

When you enroll, you are committing to stay with the Employee Fitness Center for 90 days.  After that period, you have the option to un-enroll, but we hope you won't.  Talk with a member of the benefits team or fill out the form on CapsLive to change your enrollment. 

Leaving NHRMC 

Your fitness center membership, individual or family, will end with your last day of work unless your are a retiring employee age 60 or older with 10 years of service. Retirees who meet eligibility requirements will be given the opportunity to extend their membership benefits.   

Why We Can't Open the Fitness Center to Everyone

The fitness center is a great place and we're frequently asked why individuals associated with, but not employed by NHRMC, can't use the center. It's because we must follow guidelines around benefits in accordance with tax law. It is considered a benefit because we charge our employees, spouses and dependents less for this service than is the fair market value of membership.  If we opened up membership, we would either have to charge our employees more, or tax them on the difference between what they're paying and the fair market value.  We don't want to do that. We want membership to be affordable for all our staff so we can work together to be healthier and keep our medical costs down.