Texas Health Southwest and YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Collaborate to Open Community Wellness Center
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth has collaborated with the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth to provide a new wellness opportunity for residents in Southwest Fort Worth and surrounding areas. The facility, which opened in March 2015, is open to the public as well as hospital employees. It is located on the first floor of the Professional Building across the Harris Parkway from Texas Health Southwest hospital.
“Having healthy employees is an added way to help ensure our patients are receiving quality care in their time of need,” said Fraser Hay, professional support services officer at Texas Health Southwest. “Partnering with the YMCA means being able to work jointly to keep the community healthy and help reduce some of the preventable conditions that are rapidly growing in North Texas. We’re putting our money where our mission is by expanding our facility so that it not only cares for those who are ill, but supports maintaining health and well-being.” Once completed, the 10,400 square foot facility will feature a variety of instructor-led exercise classes and individual cardio and strength-training equipment. It will be open seven days a week. Members can participate in traditional YMCA offerings, including the Life-Changing Challenge, a 21-day value-added program designed to help develop a habit-forming workout routine to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Fee-based personal training sessions will also be available for those who choose to work individually with a trainer.
The Wellness Center will also feature a cardiac rehabilitation program which helps cardiac patients restore and maintain their health while working to reduce the risk of future heart problems.
“Collaborative efforts such as this project have proved very successful within our YMCA and we are excited to begin this new venture with Texas Health Southwest, our first partnership within a hospital environment. We feel the mission and goals of our two organizations fit very well together as we seek to encourage our community toward healthier lifestyle choices,” added Tony Shuman, President/CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.
“As growth in our community continues, so do the needs of the people who live here,” said Joseph DeLeon, president at Texas Health Southwest. “Our organizations are aligned by similar missions which are aimed at helping North Texas residents improve and maintain their overall health and well-being. This collaboration speaks to our commitment to providing a wide range of services in the most convenient setting and helping our employees and community maintain their health and well-being.”
For more information on class offerings or for a YMCA membership, visit www.ywellnesscenter.org.