HaysMed Center for Health Improvement Earns Medical Fitness Facility Re-Certification
HaysMed – Center for Health Improvement has achieved its second re-certification by the Medical Fitness Association, the country’s leading organization dedicated solely to medically integrated wellness and fitness facilities. This certification represents a significant step forward in improving the health of the entire community and to individuals seeking to take responsibility for their personal health.
“The re-certification truly sets us apart from the rest and defines who we are as a medical fitness facility”, says Stephanie Howie, Fitness Director. “The medical fitness model is unique in the fact that we integrate many services, work closely with the healthcare providers, hire qualified staff and have established ourselves as a part of the hospital’s continuum of care. We are privileged to be one of the few nationally certified facilities in the state of Kansas.”
The Medical Fitness Association Facility Certification is recognized as a mark of excellence in the health and wellness industry. Based on the Medical Fitness Association’s internationally recognized Standards and Guidelines for Medical Fitness Facilities, the certification process involves an in-depth, on-site review of a facility’s adherence to a set of prescribed standards and guidelines. The certification process is an integral part of ensuring that facilities provide a high level of quality and safety in the programs and services they deliver in order for them to become fully integrated into the local continuum of health care.
“With the implementation of the Accountable Care Act and its impact on healthcare systems beginning to be realized, the industry is looking for better ways to provide coordinated services for the communities they serve. As the incidence of chronic disease continues to rise, the need for more medically supervised outcomes and accountability based Exercise as Medicine programs have never been more relevant in our industry than today. It is clear that moving towards a population health prevention model of care with all its necessary components and guidelines is a herculean task. HaysMed – Center for Health Improvement has taken an important step towards filling a gap in the current care delivery model. The Time is Now to implement these accountable models of health that reduce the severity of chronic disease and improve the quality of life for those who participate!” – Robert D Boone, FACHE, FMFA, President and CEO, Medical Fitness Association
About Hays Med- Center for Health Improvement:
The Center for Health Improvement opened its doors 16 years ago to the community with the mission “To Help People Get Well Sooner and Stay Well Longer.” This approximately 92,000 square foot facility houses two floors of fitness, aquatic facility, gymnasium, juice bar, play center and several outpatient services including Cardiopulmonary Rehab, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Southwind Surgical, and the Orthopedic clinic. “These departments as well as many others help us complete the medical fitness model and has enabled us over the past years to transform passive patients into empowered individuals, Howie says.”
The Center will be celebrating its re-certification on Thursday, January 25th – Saturday, January 27th. The Center welcomes those in the community to work out FREE of charge on those 3 days. On Saturday, January 27th the public is invited to join the newest group fitness class CIZE in the gymnasium at 8am, followed by a bootcamp style class at 9am, or the water aerobics at 9:30am in the lap pool. All fitness levels welcome. For more information call 623-5900.