MultiCare, YMCA to continue partnership at Gordon Family Y

Sumner: A 3,200-square-foot clinic will occupy the second floor and provide sports, physical and aquatic therapies

of the HeraldFebruary 5, 2014 

The MultiCare clinic at the Tom Taylor Family YMCA in Gig Harbor has had a partnership since 2007.


When the Gordon Family YMCA opens in Sumner during summer 2015, the 110,000-square-foot facility will boast a 3,200-square-foot MultiCare clinic on the second floor, where YMCA members will have access to a full continuum of care and health care expertise.

“The new Gordon Family Y will have a significant MultiCare partnership with a clinic,” said Bob Ecklund, president and CEO of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap counties. “It will be able to be utilized for sports rehab therapy, dietitians, water therapy and mobility.”

The partnership will continue the pact between MultiCare Health System and the YMCA that started in 2007, when a shared clinic was established at the Tom Taylor Family YMCA in Gig Harbor.

Ecklund said the Y’s Gig Harbor partnership started out with a focus on childhood obesity and has grown from there.

“It’s been a good marriage,” he said.

Glenn Kasman, president of the East Pierce Region of MultiCare Health System, said the organization also wanted to be involved with the Gordon Family Y.

“The Y has done a good job of meeting the needs of the community, and we can complement that service with care providers and therapists under the same roof,” Kasman said.

Ecklund said MultiCare staff members will have access to the Y’s aquatic center and weight room. For example, there could be a whirlpool and a large warm-water pool where someone who is rehabbing from knee or hip surgery would be able to enter the pool with a walker, he said.

“There will also be a lazy river, which is great for those rehabbing from joint work and other conditions in need of a low-impact therapy pool,” Ecklund said.

Kasman said MultiCare therapists have the opportunity to use the facilities and equipment.

Cardiovascular and weight machines can be utilized, Kasman said, and therapists will facilitate classes on different health and nutrition, child birth education and women’s health.

At the Gig Harbor Y, for example, Ecklund said many members have benefited from the weight-loss therapy program that MultiCare provides. From there, patrons enter into a 12-week wellness program.

Something similar will be offered at the Gordon Family Y, Ecklund said.

Patients who utilize the MultiCare clinic may be referred and then become YMCA members, or they may be members of the Y before they use the clinic’s services. Patients will be billed as they would at any other clinic.

Low-income patients who cannot afford care would be eligible for financial support, Kasman said. MultiCare Health System provided $35 million in charity care in 2012, he said.

The clinic at the Gordon Family Y will employ 10 people.

There are more than 200 full-time jobs and year-round part-time jobs with the Sumner Y as a whole, Ecklund said.

The Gordon Family Y is expected to serve about 22,000 members, similar to the Mel Korum YMCA.

Members are expected to come from both Sumner and Bonney Lake.

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