Loyola Fitness Center Earns Certification | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Loyola Center for Fitness earns medical fitness facility certification

Certification is highest honor for medically integrated health and fitness designation

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola Center for Fitness announced that it has become a Certified Medical Fitness Facility by the Medical Fitness Association, the country’s leading organization dedicated to medically integrated wellness and fitness facilities. This certification demonstrates that Loyola Center for Fitness meets the highest standards for a medically integrated health and fitness facility. This is a significant step in providing for the health of the entire community and to individuals taking responsibility for their personal health care.

“We are truly proud of our team for the hard work and dedication they exerted during the preparations and certification process,” said Jaimie Lehotsky, Center Director, Loyola Center for Fitness.

This program is the first and only certification offered specifically to facilities in the medical fitness industry, which serves more than 4 million members. 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 the 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 integrated into the local continuum of health care. The Medical Fitness Association Facility Certification is recognized as a mark of excellence in the health and wellness industry.

“With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on health-care systems beginning to be realized, the industry is looking for ways to better manage and coordinate care 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 the task to produce and deliver this revolution in the provision of health care with all its necessary components and guidelines is a herculean task. Loyola Center for Fitness has taken an important step towards filling a gap in the current care delivery model,” saidRobert D Boone, FACHE, FMFA, President and CEO, Medical Fitness Association.

About Loyola Center for Fitness
Loyola University Chicago Center for Fitness approaches health and wellness from a medically integrated perspective. Our dedicated and educated team, state-of-the-art facility and comprehensive programs provide our members and guests with all tools needed to reach their personal health and fitness goals. Loyola Center for Fitness offers a large selection of individualized health, fitness and educational programs that focus on improving the quality of life for the healthy individual as well as those with chronic medical conditions. We are unique in our commitment to meeting each and every member and guest’s individual needs. 

For more information, call Val Walkowiak at 708.327.3526.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.