Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Loyola Center for Fitness earns medical fitness facility certification

Certification is highest honor for medically integrated health and fitness designation

MAYWOOD, Ill. (Dec. 1, 2014) – Loyola Center for Fitness announced that 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.