Avera Marshall dropping Medical Wellness at YMCA

MARSHALL — Avera Marshall has announced it will be dropping its Medical Wellness program it has been providing at the YMCA.

Avera’s Director of Media Relations Jay Gravholt confirmed the transfer of program management to the YMCA.

“Avera Marshall will transfer management of its Medical Wellness program to the YMCA in January 2018,” Gravholt said.

Avera Marshall has partnered with the YMCA to offer this program at the YMCA since it closed its hospital-based wellness center in 2009 to reduce duplication of services in the community.

The Medical Wellness program provides monitored exercise for adults with health conditions.

“The YMCA is ideally suited to manage this important service going forward,” said Mary Maertens, regional president and CEO of Avera Marshall. “The organization’s success in providing wellness services, their depth of staff and the facility’s amenities makes them well equipped to guide participants in enhancing their health through regular exercise.

“With similar missions, Avera Marshall and the YMCA are both committed to positively impacting the health of the community,” she said. “The changing state of the health care industry requires us to continually look for ways to balance the use of our resources and to study opportunities to collaborate with strong community partners like the YMCA to ensure the health needs of our region continue to be met with quality services.”

Tom Bolin, executive director of the Marshall Area YMCA, said plans to take over the program are not finalized yet.

“Our team enjoys having Medical Wellness program participants at the YMCA, and we look forward to working more closely with them in achieving their health and wellness goals,” Bolin said in a news release.

The two organizations said they are working together to ensure a smooth transition for the current 75 members of the program. Participants have received letters with detailed information regarding the transition.