Facility is 1st in West Michigan to be awarded national recognition for quality, safety
FREMONT – Tamarac, The Center for Health and Well-Being, is the first wellness center in West Michigan nationally recognized for quality and safety. A member of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, Tamarac announced the Medical Fitness Association certification during its 10th birthday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 16.
“Tamarac and Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial are truly honored to receive this recognition for the work we do every day helping our patients and members get comprehensive, coordinated care so they can achieve their wellness goals and be at their best,” said Amanda Irwin, Wellness Center manager at Tamarac.
“This recognition is a tribute to the outstanding health professionals we have at Tamarac and Gerber Memorial who are committed to connecting people with the care and services they need, from beginning to end, that can result in better outcomes. The Medical Fitness Association certification means that we look at the whole person with the goal of addressing all related health and wellness challenges, then recommending the best clinical pathways for that individual and working with medical and health professionals every step of the way,” said Josh Gustafson, director of community health and wellness at Gerber Memorial.
Tamarac is a 55,000-square-foot facility that houses a state-of-the-art gym with certified fitness instructors; a full outpatient rehabilitation services center; a pool that is heated to accommodate physical therapy programs; a community health program staffed by registered nurses, diabetes educators, registered dietitians, community health specialists and a tobacco treatment specialist; fitness classes with certified instructors; and a child watch center with certified staff. The Skincare Center and Spa is also located within Tamarac.
Tamarac and Gerber Memorial’s eight-week medically-based fitness programs are customized for each individual needs. An individual’s personal medical provider can recommend a wellness or fitness program that’s designed to address specific needs, including diabetes, weight management, cardiac and pulmonary disease, Parkinson’s disease, tobacco cessation, chronic pain, and more.
Tamarac’s MFA-certified programs include assessments at the start and end of the program; individualized fitness plans; coaching and personal training sessions; and unlimited access to Tamarac. The medical fitness program costs $125 per person. Financial assistance is available for qualified individuals.
The national MFA certification is the only one of its kind offered specifically to facilities in the medical fitness industry – an industry that serves over 4 million members worldwide. Based on the MFA’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 MFA Facility Certification is recognized as a mark of excellence in the health and wellness industry.
Only three such facilities in Michigan have achieved an MFA certification. The other two are in southeast Michigan.
“With the implementation of the Affordable 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,” said Robert D Boone, FACHE, FMFA, President and CEO of the Medical Fitness Association, based in North Carolina. “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 toward a population health prevention model of care with all its necessary components and guidelines is a herculean task. Tamarac, The Center for Health and Well-Being, has taken an important step toward 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!”
For more information about Tamarac’s medically certified programs, call 231.924.2193.