UT explores partnership with YMCA to offer clinic in new downtown location

May 2, 2012 | News, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

The University of Toledo Medical Center may offer a new clinic in downtown Toledo through a partnership with the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo.

Todd Tibbits, president and CEO of the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo, left, and Dr. Scott Scarborough, senior vice president and executive director of UTMC, showed off renderings of how the Water Street Station former steam plant may look when construction is finished next year.

The YMCA will relocate the Summit Y to the Water Street Station former steam plant on the Maumee River downtown and is possibly going to lease a portion of the building to UT Medical Center to continue its efforts to bring university-quality health care closer to home.

The Family Physicians Primary Care Clinic within the downtown Y will likely offer wellness classes and one-on-one clinical care with UTMC physicians, nutritionists and therapists, as well as a fully functional laboratory.

“The UT Medical Center is committed to serving residents throughout northwest Ohio, and the new Family Physicians Primary Care Clinics will hopefully allow us to better serve patients who might not live close to UTMC,” said Dr. Scott Scarborough, senior vice president and executive director of UTMC. “We are excited to partner with the Y to bring our services to people who work and live downtown and to support their mission to build health spirit, mind and body for all.”

UTMC opened its first primary care clinic in February at the corner of Talmadge Road and Sylvania Avenue near Westfield Franklin Park Mall. The medical center will continue to look at other sites around northwest Ohio where similar University Primary Care Clinics could be located.

Construction at the Water Street Station is expected to be finished mid to late 2013 with the new Y and UTMC clinics likely to open shortly thereafter.

The YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo serve more than 300,000 youth, adults and families in area communities. The organization has ensured a seamless transition for users of the Summit Y to the new location in the downtown Toledo business district.

“The new Y will serve as the hub for a variety of community-based programs and initiatives,” Todd Tibbits, president and CEO of the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo, wrote in a letter to YMCA members. “It will connect local businesses to an organization that will help keep their employees healthy, and it will give people living in the downtown and urban neighborhoods a place to gather and recreate.”

Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, UT chancellor, executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, said the proposed partnership is consistent with the University’s mission to improve the human condition and uplift the health of our community.

“The proposed partnership with the YMCA will help UT reach out to the community from both an educational perspective and a health-care delivery perspective to uplift the health and wellness of Toledo,” Gold said. “University medical centers set the bar for health care in many communities, and we are doing our part to expand university-quality care to families in convenient locations, such as the Water Street Station downtown.”

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