Join the EFC

To join the Employee Fitness Center, enroll through the EFC page on our intranet, Capslive.

The NHRMC Employee Fitness Center 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 NHRMC Employee Fitness Center (EFC).  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 retire after the age of 60 and have 10 years of service can extend their EFC membership. The 10 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
  • Human Resources will be reaching out to eligible retirees to offer a one-time opportunity to join the EFC
  • 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 EFC 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 EFC 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.   
  • Those who are 13 and 14 can work out with a trainer, take any of our classes with a parent and use the track from running and walking. They can only use the equipment while working with a personal trainer or during group fitness classes.  We'll give them a wristband when they're added to the family membership.  They should wear this at all times when they are in the facility so we know what they can do. 
  • We'll offer special programs and classes for younger children throughout the year, including Fitastic Kids.  Keep an eye on our class schedule to know what's available.
  • We provide drop-in childcare for your children between the ages of 2 and 12. Children must be potty trained.  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. 

Leaves of Absence

Your membership benefit is tied to your eligibility for other NHRMC benefits.  So if you take an approved medical leave and are benefit eligible (either FMLA or other medical), you can continue to use the EFC.   But if you are on a non-benefit eligible leaves, your membership will be suspended until you return to work.

Leaving NHRMC 

Your EFC 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 EFC to Everyone

The EFC 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.