The Streator Family YMCA expansion broke ground on Thursday, following a year of planning in partnership with OSF HealthCare. A $1,000,000 contribution from OSF HealthCare in support of the YMCA was announced last May to be used for programming impacting health and wellness in the community.
“It’s really exciting to see this type of work coming together in a collaborative way,” stated Ken Beutke, President of OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center. “The addition of the wellness center will provide a valuable resource to our community that will positively impact the health and wellness of our citizens.”
The renovations, which also incorporated input from community members, will include the addition of a 3,400 square feet wellness center to provide a “non-threatening” atmosphere where community members can work towards their wellness goals. “We hope to hear the quiet hum of laughter, fellowship, and overall wellness,” stated Josh Biros, Executive Director of the Streator YMCA. “Everyone who walks through our doors will have the opportunity to reach their fitness goals, and our wellness coaches will be there to assist every step of the way.”
Collaboration of the YMCA and the OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois has led to plans for a new 1,100 square foot “kid zone”. This area will include interactive gaming systems from Axtion Technology and will serve as a demonstration site for the newest software releases.
“We will be the first YMCA to feature this cutting edge technology,” stated Biros. “Our youth will be working as a team, having fun and exercising without even realizing it.”
“When you think of innovation, most people picture technology – while that is a key component, this partnership between the YMCA and OSF HealthCare is an innovative approach to community wellness,” stated Don Damron, Vice President of Ambulatory Services for OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center. “This partnership aligns with our continual work to improve and sustain the health of our rural community.”
Additional benefits to community members include added handicap parking spaces closer to the facility and increased accessibility to health and wellness resources. “We are diligently exploring the opportunity to allow 24/7 access for our members to utilize the new wellness center,” stated Biros, confirming October 2018 as the target completion date for renovations.