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YMCA, Hendricks hospital to build complex

November 18, 2008
Hendricks Regional Health and YMCA of Greater Indianapolis announced a partnership today to build an integrated fitness center and medical office building - something they say will be unique in Indiana.

The 100,000-square-foot center, named Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, will sit on nearly 29 acres along U.S. 36 in Avon. It will provide medical, wellness, nutrition and stress management services.

Hendricks Regional and the YMCA still need to raise more than $7 million to pay for the $18 million facility. Hendricks Regional has donated cash and land valued at $5 million. The other money has been donated by United Way of Central Indiana Capital Fund, Duke Energy Corp. and Skillman Corp., an Indianapolis construction management firm.

Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2009, with completion estimated in late 2010.

YMCA amenities will include an indoor aquatics center, an indoor climbing wall, a dance and aerobics studio, a gymnasium, sports fields, walking trails and areas for child care and educational activities.

Hendricks Regional Health will provide physical and occupational therapies, sports medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, lab and X-ray services, offices for family practice doctors, as well as nutrition counseling and diabetes education.

"With the alarming rates of obesity, pre-diabetes and other preventable chronic diseases, the YMCA and Hendricks Regional Health felt compelled to come together and help area residents live healthier lives by providing a holistic approach for better well being," YMCA CEO Eric J. Ellsworth said in a statement.

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