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Munroe, YMCA announce community health partnership


Staff report
Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 8:35 p.m.

http://www.ocala.com/article/20130325/ARTICLES/130329779

Munroe Regional Medical Center and the Frank DeLuca YMCA of Marion County on Monday announced a collaboration designed to improve the community’s health.

Details are still being worked out, but the partnership will include health screenings, risk assessments, education, disease management and even on-site services, according to a Munroe news release.

“Our mutual goal is to reverse the life-threatening health trends that are not only prevalent nationwide, but in our own community,” Munroe CEO Steve Purves said in prepared remarks.

Ben Marciano, the YMCA’s executive director, noted that Marion County ranks in the bottom third of Florida counties in health factors, and more than half of chronic diseases are preventable through exercise and nutrition.

“This partnership...is a step in the right direction on how we address these issues,” he said in the release.

The YMCA was just recently named after DeLuca, whose $1 million gift is anchoring a significant expansion project. He said this partnership with Munroe “will not only be good for the citizens of Marion County, it will also be an exemplary partnership that other regions will hopefully seek to emulate.”


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