–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

ProMedica is partnering with Sylvania Schools to underwrite most of the cost of an approximate 5,000-square-foot ProMedica-Sylvania Northview Health, Wellness, Strength complex. ProMedica is contributing $1 million of the $1.5 million cost. According to Superintendent Adam Fineske, the need for this facility had been identified several years ago and funds from the 2010 bond levy were set aside to partially fund this project. James Hall, Sylvania Schools’ Director of Development & Alumni Relations, is completing the fundraising for the remaining $150,000.

“One of our goals has been to develop community partners to help us with some of our capital needs, so that we can continue to upgrade our facility needs without having to go back to taxpayers. Coincidently, one of ProMedica’s goals is to promote community wellness. It just made sense to approach the ProMedica team with a plan for this project that helps them meet their goal. They agreed that the complex fit their mission,” Fineske stated.

ProMedica’s Vice President of Operations, Greg Braylock Jr., is serving as liaison for the project.
“ProMedica is committed to the Sylvania community and creating access for seniors, community members, and students to improve their health and well-being. This investment aligns with our mission and commitment to this community. We are also excited to enhance and grow a STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine) program with Sylvania schools to provide students with experiences that will prepare them to be our future workforce,” Braylock said.

The new building will be constructed adjacent to the natatorium and will include a weight room looking out into the Northview gymnasium and brand new locker rooms. “While the facility is part of Northview, we are encouraging members of the community to use the complex. We have begun talks with Claire Proctor to partner with folks from the Sylvania Senior Center to use the facility as well,” said Fineske.

Presently, an SSOE design team is working on plans and it is anticipated that the project will be put out to bid by the end of the year, with groundbreaking set for spring 2019.

“We are so excited about our community partners and for ProMedica for investing in Sylvania’s future. Working together we will continue to make wellness a priority for not only Sylvania students but for the community, as well,” said Sylvania Schools Superintendent Adam Fineske.