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DeKalb Medical Earns First Medical Fitness Facility Certification in Georgia

April 04, 2017

For Immediate Release

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Angela Soyemi



DeKalb Medical Earns First Medical Fitness Facility Certification in Georgia

DeKalb Medical is proud to announce it has become a Certified Medical Fitness Facility by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA), the country’s leading organization dedicated solely to medically integrated wellness and fitness facilities. This certification is a significant step forward in advancing coordinated health delivery for the entire community and to individuals seeking to improve their personal health.

“We are thrilled to offer the first certified fitness facility in the state of Georgia,” said Amanda Posey, Wellness Center Director. “We offer medically supervised fitness programs that measure and track health outcomes for our members. The MFA certification reflects our continued commitment to offer the highest standard of fitness programs to the community we serve.”

The Wellness Center at DeKalb Medical offers certified programs tailored for cancer survivors and those needing physical and occupational treatment. The program also features basic life support, heart saver and first aid classes as well as monthly doctor talks. Physicians may offer a prescription of exercise under the Exercise is Medicine component.

“As a certified community fitness center and health partner, we will continue to push the envelope and offer programs that enhance the health and wellness of our members,” said Dr. Sara Shuler, Wellness Center Medical Director.

About the Certification

This program is the first and only certification offered specifically to facilities in the medical fitness industry—an industry that serves over 4 million members worldwide. 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. The Medical Fitness Association Facility Certification is recognized as a mark of excellence in the health and wellness industry.

“The healthcare 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 and prevention model with all its necessary components and guidelines is a herculean task.” said Robert D Boone, FACHE, FMFA, President and CEO, Medical Fitness Association.



About the Wellness Center          

Since 1985, The DeKalb Medical Wellness Center has offered a variety of lifestyle and fitness programs to the community. We are a medical fitness center where we strive for outcomes. Occupying the entire ground level of the 2665 Professional Building of DeKalb Medical North Decatur campus, the Wellness Center is an 18,000 square-feet, fully-equipped fitness facility complete with an indoor pool and indoor track. Our members live and work in and around Atlanta, Decatur and adjacent communities.

We offer a variety of programs, classes and services in the areas of fitness, lifestyle education, and integrative medicine where we offer a continuum of care with physicians and other medical specialists. Whether you want to get in shape, lose weight or learn to make healthy choices, The Wellness Center has something for you. Our expertly-trained staff can help you reach your personal goals for optimal health.

About DeKalb Medical 

DeKalb Medical Is a  not-for-profit health system consists of three hospital campuses -- DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, DeKalb Medical LTAC at Downtown Decatur, and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale—as well as the 50 DeKalb Medical Physician Group offices with 115 providers in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. It’s medical staff includes more than 700 doctors in 55 specialties.  Founded in DeKalb County in 1961, DeKalb Medical is an established and active member of the community, offering a variety of award-winning, accessible services, including joint replacement, long-term acute care, surgical weight loss, mammography, heartburn solutions and more. The Maternity Center is the first in Georgia to receive the international “Baby-Friendly” hospital designation. To learn more about DeKalb Medical, please visit our website: www.dekalbmedical.org.