GENEVA, Ill., Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Now in its twentieth year, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Health & Fitness Center has been renewed as a Certified Medical Fitness Facility by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA), a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting medically integrated wellness and fitness facilities achieve their full potential. This certification is a seal of approval that a facility meets the highest industry standards in providing for the health of the entire community. The Northwestern Medicine Delnor Health & Fitness Center is the only certified fitness center in the far western suburbs.
"The recertification means the Northwestern Medicine Delnor Health & Fitness Center meets guidelines set by the MFA to ensure that our programs and services deliver medically integrated outcomes to its members, in addition to meeting quality and safety standards," said Brian Babka, MD, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group Sports Medicine. "We are proud to offer a variety of exceptional and unique programs with an educated approach to help improve the fitness, health and well-being of the communities we serve." The MFA certification matches the philosophy of wellbeing throughout the Northwestern Medicine system—a tangible goal Delnor Health & Fitness Center has been meeting for two decades. "The center has grown tremendously in 20 years, with regards to our medically integrated programming; fitness and group exercise programs; and state-of-the art equipment," said Greer O'Brien, director of the Delnor Health & Fitness Center. "Healthcare systems are looking for ways to better manage and coordinate care for the communities they serve," said Robert D Boone, FACHE, FMFA, President and CEO, Medical Fitness Association. "As the incidence of chronic disease continues to rise, the need for more medically supervised, outcomes-based programs has 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 healthcare with all its necessary components and guidelines is a herculean task. Delnor Hospital is fulfilling that need with accountable models of health that reduce the severity of chronic disease and improve the quality of life for those who participate."