I pay about $60.00 per month to the YMCA and really love the place. I can go there and swim, lift weights, take various free (and not free) classes ranging from karate and yoga to aerobics and fencing lessons. One can participate in various/numerous self help/interest groups ranging from weight loss to hiking. High quality childcare is available up to two hours per day for free so that even when my significant other is working I can still go. If I want I can even get a massage, personalized fitness training, tennis or swimming lessons. I can mingle, talk, chat and just hang out with other often like minded (as well as radically diverse) individuals. I would like to see something similar for HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (thinks nurses, RT's, tech's, doctors, X-ray/lab techs et al). This would be a place where you could brush up on your ACLS with supervised "mega codes", improve your IV skills, grab a cup of java, catch a workout, network, or just vent about the difficulties of nursing and ways things might be improved. It would be open 24/7 (although obviously not all services would be available all the time).
I pay $60.00 per month to the Y, and I would pay even MORE to be able to go somewhere like this! My vision is a network of such places in literally every major (and eventually minor) citiy in the country funded by both members AND local organizations with an interest in promoting health care excellence. Could such a place as this become reality and if so what would it take?