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Grand Opening of the NKCH Wellness Corner

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
May 17, 2016
North Kansas City Hospital Wellness Corner at the North Kansas City YMCA

North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) and the North Kansas City YMCA are pleased to announce the grand opening of the “NKCH Wellness Corner,” an open-concept gathering space designed to bring additional health and wellness programs to YMCA members in the Northland. A public open house and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Friday, May 20, at 11 a.m.

Community members are invited to tour the NKCH Wellness Corner, meet the NKCH community health nurse and enjoy light refreshments. With an emphasis on education and preventative care, the NKCH Wellness Corner provides complimentary wellness screenings, advice and risk assessments to Y members on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Therapeutic massage services will soon be available by appointment. Additionally, the space serves as a meeting place for weekly NKCH educational sessions on health topics such as medication education, digestive and colon health, heart health and diabetes.

“North Kansas City Hospital is proud to partner with the North Kansas City YMCA to provide preventative care and health education to our community,” said Peggy Schmitt, president and CEO of North Kansas City Hospital. “We are both committed to helping people live well and stay healthy.”

The monthly Lunch and Learn Series hosted by the North Kansas City YMCA featuring NKCH physicians and healthcare professionals will continue to be free and open to the public. 

“We’re excited to welcome North Kansas City Hospital on site and partner with them to expand resources to our members," said Garry Linn, North District Vice President for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. "There's a growing need for access to education and preventative health services, and this partnership will also allow us to include the expertise of North Kansas City Hospital healthcare professionals in our current and new programs."

Through a partnership with the City of North Kansas City, the Y began operating the former North Kansas City Community Center as the North Kansas City YMCA in January 2015. 

 “I am very pleased with the partnership between the Hospital and the YMCA,” said Don Stielow, Mayor of North Kansas City.  “This outcome is what the City had in mind when we entered into our arrangement with the YMCA – building relationships between community partners for the betterment of North Kansas City and the Northland.”

About North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. NKCH is an acute-care facility with 451-licensed beds and 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs, to home health and hospice, NKCH provides a lifetime of care. 

NKCH offers advanced treatment options, including world class cancer care through a partnership with the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated program.

Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, North Kansas City Hospital offers the largest network of healthcare providers in the Northland, with more than 110 primary and specialty care physicians in 30 convenient locations, including express clinics in the Liberty and Gladstone Hy-Vee stores. 

The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 60 charitable and community organizations and served more than 24,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellness programs. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer a zero-percent financing option to help patients manage their medical expenses. 

About the YMCA of Greater Kansas City

With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City is a charitable organization committed to strengthening communities. The Y engages men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. With a history of serving the Kansas City area since 1860, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Visit for more information.