Ascension Saint Thomas and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee announced a strategic alliance that will increase access to wellness and healthcare offerings for members, patients, employees of both non-profit organizations and community members. With this first-of-a-kind partnership for both organizations locally, Ascension Saint Thomas will ultimately open and operate sites of care at both the Downtown and Brentwood YMCAs.
This news comes after the Y’s 2021 announcement of a significant planned redevelopment of its downtown campus and a 2020 reveal of plans to combine operations of its Maryland Farms and Concord Road facilities to create a flagship Brentwood YMCA at the existing Concord Road site. Construction on that renovation and expansion is already underway.
In addition to sharing a physical presence at the two locations, the organizations will collaborate to increase patient and member awareness of, and access to, their already robust slate of existing health and wellness offerings across all of Middle Tennessee. The two faith-based nonprofits will work closely together to better understand community needs, and will ultimately pursue opportunities to jointly develop new offerings for all Middle Tennesseans.
“There are obvious benefits of co-locating vital health and wellness services, but this partnership is rooted in shared beliefs that are about much more than convenience,” said Chris Tointon, president and CEO, YMCA of Middle Tennessee. “We believe better integration of prevention and intervention can ultimately drive better health outcomes in our community.”
“This is a partnership between like-minded faith-based organizations with a shared vision for building a healthier Middle Tennessee,” said Tim Adams, president and CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas.
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