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YMCA, Sanford Health transition Family Wellness operations

Fitness facility fully integrates into Sanford Health

Wellness CenterSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Family YMCA and Sanford Health have announced the health system has assumed full operations of Family Wellness. The fitness facility, which will now be called Sanford Wellness Center, opened in 2006 as a joint venture between the two entities.

Members will not experience any interruption to services due to the transition.

“The joint-venture partnership between Sanford Health and the YMCA was the first of its kind, and it effectively served thousands in Sioux Falls,” said John Archer, former board chair for Sioux Falls Family YMCA. “We have enjoyed a great working relationship and look forward to our continued partnership in other initiatives.”

“The YMCA has been refining its strategic priorities and will eagerly pursue continued regional programming focused on youth development, summer camp and healthy living,” said Eric Tucker, president and CEO of Sioux Falls Family YMCA.

Sioux Falls Family YMCA and Sanford announced plans to add Family Wellness to the growing west side of Sioux Falls in 2005. The 70,000-square foot facility opened a year later and features a family pool, aquatic aerobics pool, gymnasium, conditioning center, spin bike room, racquetball courts and locker rooms. The facility will continue to offer a diverse set of training options, physical therapy services and a Profile by Sanford retail store front for the health system’s weight-management program.

“Sanford Health’s partnership with the YMCA is and will continue to be strong as we work to support the health and wellness of families in Sioux Falls,” said Paul Hanson, president of Sanford USD Medical Center. “As both organizations explored this move, it became clear that fully integrating Family Wellness into the Sanford Health system was beneficial for both groups because it allows us to each focus on our respective missions and improved the services available to the community we serve.”

The former Family Wellness is located in western Sioux Falls near 32nd Street and Ellis Road.

About The YMCA
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million 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. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 43 hospitals and nearly 250 clinics in nine states and three countries. Sanford Health’s 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit

Eric Tucker
Sioux Falls Family YMCA President & CEO
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Tim Gerszewski
Sanford Media Strategist
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