New Community Facility Provides Expanded Access to Healthy Living, Education and Youth Development in Marshfield, WI

Cinnaire’s Chris Laurent recently joined hundreds of community leaders, donors, project partners, YMCA volunteers and members to celebrate the grand opening of the Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA. Cinnaire provided a $7.2 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investment to support the expansion and rehabilitation of the Marshfield Area YMCA. Forward Community Investments (FCI) provided a $7.8 million NMTC investment. Chase, as the NMTC investor, facilitated the financing of this project.

“At Cinnaire, we make it a priority to support healthy communities,” said Chris Laurent, Cinnaire senior vice president, Business Development. “All people deserve access to education, childcare, social services and the resources needed to support a healthy lifestyle. We are proud to work with the development team, community leaders and many project partners that collaborated to make this project possible. It’s communities like Marshfield that really epitomize how great Wisconsin is.”

Founded in 1986, the Marshfield Area YMCA has worked in the community for over 30 years. They offer ways to get healthy, get connected and give back. Each year, the YMCA welcomes nearly 11,000 people from all ages, backgrounds, incomes and abilities, helping them grow strong in mind, body, and spirit. The Marshfield Clinic Health System is one of the largest private, multispecialty group practices in the United States. Physicians in 86 specialties and subspecialties in more than 50 Wisconsin locations provide care to patients for them to live fuller lives. The expanded facility provided an opportunity for the Marshfield YMCA and the Marshfield Clinic Health System to form a partnership to deliver coordinated community services.

“We’re particularly excited to celebrate the revitalization of this YMCA because it brings to fruition the goals of the 2016 partnership between the Marshfield Area YMCA and Marshfield Clinic Health System, which is to ensure all people we serve have access to the range of programs and services that improve people’s health and curb the spread of chronic disease through preventive health efforts. Sharing resources, core competencies and unique strengths, we intend to make a significant impact on critical health issues throughout Wood, Clark, and Marathon counties,” said John Nystrom, CEO of the Marshfield Area YMCA. “This vital facility expansion would not be possible without the vision and leadership of our Board of Directors, the support of our donors, the collaboration of our partners, and the hard work of our staff. Today the Y is stronger than ever and poised to continue to serve this vibrant community for years to come.”

The newly constructed state-of-the-art facility includes a healthy living center with 24/7 access, strength training center, field house, walking/running track, multi-generational community room, welcome center and member lounge.

“For our Health System, partnering with the YMCA on this project was an obvious choice,” said Dr. Susan Turney, CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System. “Our organizations share a common commitment to the health and well-being of those we serve, and we both have a history of giving back to our communities. We know that by expanding the programming, resources and overall facilities available here, we are making a profound impact on the health and well-being of the Marshfield area.”