As a community, great things happen when we work together.
As our community has grown, so have its needs. For the past twelve years, our Y has been undergoing a capital expansion project to enhance the services we provide and create new, improved opportunities so that we can have an even greater impact on our community. Due to many generous gifts from members of our Y community, the Y is now in a position to fast track the completion of its expansion project by the fall of 2017.
As wellness-based organizations whose missions closely align, the Sanford-Springvale YMCA and Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) are very excited to announce a new, strategic partnership in which SMHC will lease 4,700 square feet of the Y’s existing facility to expand its Sports Performance Program at that site. As a “final push” to get to the finish line after years of support from our Y family, revenue generated by the lease contract will be used to assist with completion of the Y’s expansion project.
“Working together strengthens our community,” stated Andy Orazio, CEO of the Sanford-Springvale YMCA. “We would like to thank all of our generous Y donors for their contributions over the last twelve years. Regarding our new strategic relationship with SMHC, we believe the resources, expertise, and specialized skills of both organizations will create separate opportunities that support our shared commitment to fostering a culture of health and well-being.”
For over 75 years, the Sanford-Springvale YMCA has been proud to serve Sanford and the surrounding communities by providing important opportunities for community members to improve their lives through fitness and wellness, child care, academic achievement, social programs, youth and teen development, and important socialization and wellness opportunities for local seniors.
With our newly expanded facility, the Y will be able to significantly enhance its focus of being a community gathering place for all ages. We will be able to provide new means for families to strengthen important bonds, connect seniors to health and community, and further enrich the development of our youth by augmenting the Y’s services for teens and children and increasing preschool enrollment. The expansion space will also include a new community center to foster the potential of all, and additional wellness spaces to empower people to be healthier in body, mind, and spirit.
“SMHC has operated a very successful and growing Sports Performance Center in Saco for the past two and a half years,” said SMHC President and CEO Ed McGeachey. “The Sports Performance Center has been so well received by the Biddeford-Saco community that it makes sense for SMHC to expand this offering to Sanford. We are pleased to have the opportunity to do that in partnership with the established and very well-regarded Sanford-Springvale YMCA.”
SMHC recently received an extraordinary bequest of $250,000 from former Sanford resident, Dorothy “Dal” Weber, which will support the opening of the new SMHC Sports Performance Center. Mrs. Weber was born in Sanford to Leland and Eleanor (Prescott) Littlefield and grew up in the community. While Weber lived her adult life in California, she never abandoned her Maine roots and often returned “home” to visit. We are extremely grateful to Mrs. Weber for empowering this partnership that will provide her hometown community with a healthier future.
The SMHC Sports Performance Center specializes in providing athletes with supervised and customized programs designed to prevent injuries, optimize physical performance and maximize recovery from injury. SMHC’s Sports Performance Center staff is already providing athletic training at Sanford High School and their new location will give local athletes of all ages the opportunity to receive training and treatment closer to home.
It remains the commitment of SMHC to invest in the Sanford community by continuing to bring residents new health and wellness services and expand upon those already offered in the area. These services include: 24/7 Emergency Care; Day Surgery, Diagnostic, Lab and Rehabilitation services; Primary Care (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Women’s Health); Specialty Care (Cancer Care and Blood Disorders, Cardiology, General Surgery, Occupational Health, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Neurology, Pain Management, Pulmonology); Walk-In Care and Eldercare services.
The common missions of the Sanford-Springvale YMCA and SMHC, along with our historically strong relationship, present a great foundation for a collaboration that will elevate the health and wellbeing or our community. We believe that working together and sharing our respective strengths, areas of expertise, and resources will have positive benefits for both partners as well as the communities we serve. Working together with a collaborative spirit we look forward to taking the lead in creating new and improved opportunities and a bright future for Sanford and the surrounding communities.