Downtown YMCA Partners With Hospital

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Franciscan St. Francis Health and YMCA of Greater Indianapolis are working together on a downtown health and wellness effort. The partnership involves the hospital leasing space near a $22 million YMCA, which is under construction in the CityWay development. Franciscan says patients undergoing therapy will have access to YMCA equipment.

December 2, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Two of the city's health-focused organizations have forged a partnership to deliver a variety of medical and wellness programs to residents in Downtown Indianapolis.

Franciscan St. Francis Health and YMCA of Greater Indianapolis have unveiled plans which enable the hospital to lease 13,000 square feet at CityWay at 430 S. Alabama St. The adjoining YMCA complex is under development as part of a three-story, 87,000-square-foot project.

The hospital will provide primary and specialty care physicians' services, imaging, lab and therapy programs. One advantage of the partnership is that rehabilitation patients will have access to the YMCA's state-of-the-art equipment and pool for aquatic therapy.

"This is an excellent collaboration with the YMCA, and it offers a unique opportunity for both of our organizations," said Robert J. Brody, president and chief executive officer for Franciscan St. Francis. "This innovative and new environment will bring a whole new world of health and wellness to those who live and work in vibrant Downtown Indianapolis."

"We are fortunate to be working with an organization whose goals and objectives align with the YMCA's," said Eric Ellsworth, president and chief executive officer for YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. "Through this partnership we hope to not only improve the health of the individuals we serve but also assist with preventive measures so that those in our community can maintain healthy lifestyles for years to come."

Brody and Ellsworth and other guests will be on hand for a topping-off ceremony at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 4. That event marks the placement of the top steel beam atop the YMCA structure.

When completed in late 2015, the YMCA project will consist of two indoor swimming pools, three gyms, an elevated running track, wellness center, cardiovascular and strength equipment and a culinary studio to teach individuals and families how to prepare healthy meals.

Franciscan St. Francis Health is expected to open its medical offices in January 2016. The CityWay project marks the hospital's most recent effort to establish a larger presence in the downtown area.

About Franciscan St. Francis Health

A division of the Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance, Franciscan St. Francis Health has hospitals in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel. Founded in 1914, Franciscan St. Francis has nationally recognized heart, vascular, cancer and orthopedic care and other acclaimed clinical program. Franciscan Alliance, one of the largest Catholic health-care systems in the Midwest, operates 13 hospitals throughout Indiana and suburban Chicago and has approximately 20,000 employees. For more information, visit FranciscanAlliance.org/Indianapolis.

Source: Franciscan St. Francis Health