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Local hospital teams up with Linwood YMCA to open new health clinic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  Months after the new Linwood YMCA opened its doors, crews will start work on a new on-site health clinic.

For years Truman Medical Center worked to get more involved in the community through neighborhood clinics and grocery stores. This will be the first time they will provide care inside a YMCA.

A look at the new health clinic, which will open later this year.

It is all part of ongoing effort to focus on overall fitness and wellness.

The 7,000 square foot clinic is expected to open later this year.

Clinic providers will now be able to help people manage conditions such as high blood pressure, arthritis and diabetes by referring them to programs at the YMCA.

"So we've been trying to take our clinics out into the neighborhoods," said Charlie Shields with Truman Medical Centers. "We've put them in grocery stores. We've got two clinics in Hy-Vee stores, but this is the first time we've done a clinic in a YMCA. It won't be the last time, but this is the first time."

The new YMCA celebrated its grand opening in February after raising more than $10-million to renovate the old building. They added an enclosed swimming pool, refurbished weight room and education kitchen.

The last phase of the construction project starts Monday with this clinic. The groundbreaking ceremony took place at 10 a.m.