to new heights
helps people connect to programs,
services and information
of the first things you notice at
the South Health Campus is the spectacular climbing wall
behind a glass wall on Main Street, the Campus’s central
hallway. It invites you to take a closer look.
Step inside the 2,700-square-metre ( 29,000-square-foot)
Wellness Centre and you’ll find the Patient and Community
Resource Centre, the Knowledge Centre, the YMCA’s
fitness centre, community meeting spaces and a sparkling
wellness kitchen. Plus, the Wellness Centre is staffed by
a team of librarians and specialists in family support,
fitness and nutrition.
The centre is a partnership between Alberta Health Services, YMCA Calgary and the University of Calgary. “This is
a place where people can connect with programs, services,
information and support to help them on their path to
health and wellness,” says Wellness Centre
manager Melissa Hyman.
The South Health Campus is the first in Canada to
incorporate a YMCA in a hospital setting. In fact, one reason
the SHC is called a campus and not a hospital is because of
its emphasis on wellness services and health promotion.
“The Wellness Centre is innovative because of how
we are going to work together to provide seamless health
and wellness programming. Traditionally, hospitals are not
focused on preventing illness. The Centre offers something
for everyone, no matter what their fitness level or health
status,” says Hyman.
She adds the Centre’s vision is to work with other
Campus departments to support patients, especially as
they go from hospital to home. This could include setting
up an exercise program in the YMCA, cooking courses in the
Centre’s demonstration kitchen that focus on dietary needs
such as reduced sodium, and educational sessions on managing conditions and chronic illnesses.
And while the Centre’s climbing wall may not be for
everyone, it does reflect the SHC’s commitment to taking
health and wellness to new heights.
Our building, programs and services are designed to promote well-being
to connect them to the resources and information that they need to be well
Our culture is
Jennie Peterson of the YMCA
with other Campus departments
to support patients