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In June, Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness, Nashville, TN, achieved designation as a certified medical fitness facility by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA), the country's leading organization of medically integrated fitness facilities. The Vanderbilt Dayani Center has become the first facility in Tennessee with such a designation.

"For those of us at Dayani, achieving certification through the MFA was a difficult and at times challenging process," said Jay Groves, Ph.D., administrative director of the Dayani Center. "For the past 10 months, we have been working hard on every aspect of our organization to demonstrate that we in fact meet the MFA standard of excellence."

While on-site, the MFA examiners reviewed, among other criteria, Dayani's policies and procedures, safety standards, emergency response plan, staff credentials, quality measures, program-specific outcome measures, patient and member satisfaction measures, organizational chart, evidence of medical oversight and integration, annual goals, and the center's financial performance.

"Excellence is, in fact, the standard that the Dayani Center has formally achieved. In our respective discipline, there really is no higher honor," Groves said. Visit for more information on the Dayani Center.

Facility Certification details are available at or call 804-897-5701 for more information.

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Uniting the Industries
Register by November 12th for Early Bird Rates

In Conjunction with the Athletic Business Conference & Expo

December 1-4, 2010

San Diego Convention Center

Uniting fitness with health care is an important step in creating a pathway for physician referrals and is consistent with the emphasis on prevention and wellness programs in the current health care climate. Register for the only conference focused on the medical fitness industry and the medical fitness model. This year's theme "Uniting the Industries" will focus on programs and services geared to the importance of the referral pathway. Now is the time to unite and improve the health and wellness of our communities. Regional Chapter meetings will be held in conjunction with the conference, and all attendees are invited to participate in the MFA Awards Celebration.

The Keynote address, Square Peg/Round Hole, will be delivered by Walter M. Bortz II, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Recognized as one of America's most distinguished scientific experts on aging and longevity, Dr. Bortz's research has focused on the importance of physical exercise in the promotion of robust aging. He has written more than 130 medical articles.

Who should attend the annual conference? Physicians, hospital CEOs, health care business planners, marketing directors, fitness center directors and managers, exercise physiologists, program leaders, dietitians, athletic trainers, kinesiotherapists, and rehabilitation specialists.

Make plans today to network, learn, and celebrate during the 16th Annual MFA Medical Fitness Conference. Continuing education credits and CMEs are available. Call 804-897-5701 or email for more information and a brochure.

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The MFA's Rising Star Awards program recognizes outstanding individual achievement and leadership within the medical fitness community. Award recipients continually exceed performance expectations and actively pursue personal, professional, and intellectual growth opportunities. The 2010 Rising Star winners were announced during MFA Regional Chapter meetings this past spring. Who will you nominate as 2011 Rising Stars? Visit and the Regional Chapter page for guidelines.


Front Line Staff Category

Caitlin Fitzgerald, exercise instructor II

The Wellness Center at Monadnock Community Hospital, Petersborough, NH


Supervisor/Coordinator Category

Jennifer Labovitz, Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation manager

Northwestern Lake Forest Health & Fitness Center, Lake Forest, IL

Front Line Staff Category

Lisa Branzel, athletic trainer

TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion, Cincinnati, OH

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MFA proudly announces the launch of an industry bulletin dedicated to fitness facility certification and specifically MFA Facility Certification. The goal of this new publication is to keep the industry up-to-date on medical fitness facility certification and the state of the industry with regard to facility certification. In addition, MFA will provide tools and resources that will help directors better serve their members and communities. Each issue will include valuable information to assist in achieving certification and developing a stronger pathway for physician and health care referrals. Begin the process now and be ahead of the curve. Medical fitness centers are making a difference.

© 2010 American College of Sports Medicine


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