Published on January 07, 2016

Hospital and North Kansas City YMCA Announce New Partnership to Promote Healthy Living

YMCANKCH is partnering with the North Kansas City YMCA to serve as the facility’s onsite medical wellness partner. Expected to open this spring, “The NKCH Wellness Corner” is an open-concept gathering space designed to bring additional health and wellness programs to YMCA members and Northland residents.

Remodeling is currently underway on the 800 square-foot Wellness Corner, located adjacent to the North Kansas City YMCA’s Welcome Center. Updates include a more open floor plan and a work station for a NKCH nurse, who will provide complimentary health and wellness screenings, advice and risk assessments to Y members Wednesday and Friday mornings. Comfortable seating to accommodate health educational classes and other gatherings, complete with complimentary coffee and tea is also planned for the space.

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

“North Kansas City Hospital and the Y share a common mission to improve the health and wellness of our community. We’re both committed to helping people live well and stay healthy. Together, we can have a greater impact in addressing preventative care, health education, injury prevention and a better quality of life,” said Peggy Schmitt, president and CEO of North Kansas City Hospital.

“We’re looking forward to working with North Kansas City Hospital to enhance the resources available to our members and increase education and access to health services without them having to worry about the cost of care and insurance co-pays,” said Garry Linn, North District Vice President for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “We’ll be able to add opportunities for current and new programs to include the expertise of North Kansas City Hospital healthcare professionals.”

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 this 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 an express care clinic in the Liberty Hy-Vee store.

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.