Ballentine Family YMCA, Ballentine Family Practice offer central place for healthcare, fitness
Residents in the Ballentine community can work their core, take a fitness class and care for aches, pains and the sniffles all in one new facility.
Palmetto Health and the YMCA of Columbia partnered for a unique venture opening this spring to the public. Hospital and YMCA leaders cut the ribbon on Ballentine Family Practice and the Ballentine Family YMCA last Wednesday, just days before the YMCA opens Monday.
Ballentine Family Medicine will welcome its first patients on April 8.
Officials said the partnership is designed to improve care and physical fitness opportunities for families.
“For more than 160 years, the Y has been dedicated to changing lives. Working with the Midlands’ leader in health care is an incredible opportunity to positively impact the health and wellness of our communities,” said Bryan Madden, CEO of YMCA of Columbia.
The joint facility, coming in at 19,925 square feet and $6.8 million, features a common atrium and community room for educational classes.
“We know that this partnership can help improve the health of those we both serve,” said Charles Beaman, CEO of Palmetto Health.
Drs. Jamee Steen and Ashley Wilson will see patients at Ballentine Family Medicine. Their clinical interests include chronic disease management, women’s health, pediatrics and diabetes.
The practice is using the latest records technology such as an online portal, which makes a medical information readily available to a patient. Steen and Wilson also plan to implement “e-visits” to allow patients to connect virtually with them and receive care for certain illnesses.
The Ballentine Family YMCA offers the full slate of fitness amenities including individual TV monitors on cardio equipment, two hours of free childcare per visit, personal training and more than 40 exercise classes.
Palmetto Health and the YMCA of Columbia plan to offer preventative measures in the form of wellness programs, health screenings, support groups and educational programs. One program in particular, Fresh Start, gives people extra support when making healthy lifestyle changes. They’ll receive appointments with a Healthy Living Coach, physical activity guidance and healthy eating support.
“As physicians, we will have the opportunity to offer our patients the resources needed to make a lifestyle change instead of just suggesting that it needs to be made. As the health care industry moves toward improving the health of the community all the time, this is a wonderful opportunity and we look forward to developing additional initiatives that help us achieve this,” Steen said.
More information about Ballentine Family Medicine is available at PalmettoHealth.org. Appointments can be made by calling (803) 749-8900. For YMCA Membership information, visit columbiaymca.org, and to learn more about Fresh Start program, contact (803) 748-9622 ext. 115.