Valparaiso Family YMCA + Methodist Hospital = Wellness - July 13, 2014

Courtesy of NWI TImes

July 13, 2014 12:00 am   •   Times Staff

VALPARAISO  |  Only at the Valparaiso Family YMCA can people find Dr. Jerry Kuna, and April Spangler, RN,  from Methodist Hospitals, on call several days a week. Closely aligned missions brought these two nonprofit organizations together. This two-year partnership has resulted in a shared goal of wanting to change the way health care is delivered in Northwest Indiana.

The Doctor from Methodist physician, Dr. Jerry Kuna, Family Medicine specialist, is an expert in all phases of family medicine for all ages, women’s health, adolescent care, pediatrics, geriatric care, disease prevention and wellness. Dr. Kuna says,” I am dedicated to treating the individual as a ‘whole person’, attending to emotional and psycho-social need, as well as physical needs.”

“The most rewarding thing about working at the Y is the interaction with the Y members and the community,” Spangler said. “It is such a different experience than working at a hospital; here you get to know people, their needs, medications and they trust you to work with their health issues to give them support, and answer questions, things that a conventional medical organization could not do.”

Another member of this team is Dave Howe, a Relationship Manager, who works for Methodist Hospitals, but he is on site at the Valparaiso Family YMCA. He is part of the management team at the Y. “This relationship delivers the clinical piece in a preventive, wellness form pairing perfectly with the YMCA health & fitness principals. It lets the members and community be responsible for their own health,” said Howe. “Many screenings held by Methodist have led to early diagnosis of high blood pressure, early cancer detection and high cholesterol.”

Bob Wanek, CEO of Valparaiso Family YMCA says, “The Methodist Hospitals and Valpo Y families are woven together to compliment deliver a unique depth of services to Y members and the community … from amazing health fairs, to engaging wellness seminars, to weekly screenings. Members have reflected “’they really care about our health.'”