April 6, 2017
The YMCA board of directors voted unanimously on March 29 to partner with the Central Maine Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center at 12 High Street.
Under Y management, the center will be rebranded as The Y at CMMC. Five current fitness center staff will stay on as part of the transition.
The vote makes official the collaboration between the Y and Central Maine Healthcare announced in February.
Steve Wallace, CEO at the Y, emphasized the broad community benefit of the move.
“The Y at CMMC will retain its identity as a center for wellness seekers of all abilities,” he said, “But now its more than 1,000 members will have access to all Y programs and facilities, including the fitness center at 62 Turner Street in Auburn and YMCAs throughout New England.”
“We are pleased that our continued work with the YMCA will provide an optimum health and wellness opportunity for our employees and the community,” said Jeff Brickman, CEO and President for Central Maine Healthcare. “This partnership helps each of us grow our shared commitment of serving the needs of the region and build upon our record of success.”
Rick Jalbert will continue to serve as director of the CMMC location, along with health and fitness specialists Abbey Goulet and Eric Vattaso, Personal Health Counselor Sue Driscoll and Wellness Director Heather Young.
Jalbert says, “We have a distinct community and culture at our center. So understandably our members were initially nervous about the Y coming in and changing everything.
“But that just hasn’t been the case. This last month, as we’ve started to transition our operations, members have seen that the Y is adding value rather than taking something away.”
Likewise, Y members who frequent the Auburn location are welcome to make use of the CMMC facility, which offers medically oriented programs and additional opportunities for personal training.
“The Y at CMMC is part of the larger YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston family,” says Wallace. “We’re not bound by the four walls of 62 Turner Street.”
Other Y-run programs and facilities include Daisy Garden Childcare on the St. Mary’s hospital campus, Camp Connor in Poland, after-school care at Geiger Elementary and the Y’s Outdoor Learning & Education Center in Auburn.
For more information, contact the YMCA at 795-4095 or visit www.alymca.org.