(Caption: The auditorium at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health & Wellness Center in DeKalb.)
Roznowski said Northwestern Medicine and legacy KishHeath leadership started talking to Kishwaukee Family YMCA leadership about potential partnerships since the beginning of the project's development. After two years of exploring their options and touring facilities that had YMCA and hospital partnerships, she said, YMCA directors decided a partnership with the new health and wellness center didn't gel with their vision.
Roznowski said YMCA officials have said on record during local government meetings that they were not interested in that partnership with Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, but hospital donations to the local Y and partnerships in programs like Camp Power will continue.
"We're thoughtful in making sure that our population is different and not focusing on the youth part of it," Roznowski said.