Franciscan Alliance Omni Health and Fitness Sites Earn Medical Fitness Association Certification

By: Franciscan Health Last Updated: May 25, 2012

Medical-Fitness-AssociationFranciscan Omni Health and Fitness Schererville and Chesterton locations have become among only about 30 in the world to become certified as medical fitness facilities by national Medical Fitness Association.

This certification process is a significant step forward in the health of the entire community and to the individuals taking responsibility for their personal health care,” the association said, adding, “This program is the first and only certification offered facilities in the medical fitness industry, which serves more than 4 million members worldwide.

Certification follows an in-depth review of a facility’s adherence to prescribed standards and guidelines and is recognized as a mark of excellence in the industry, according to the association.

Sharon Sporman, Omni regional executive director, termed the certification a great honor.

The process itself has increased awareness of our staff as we have raised the bar in establishing higher standards of service, safety and results-oriented programs for our membership and communities. Thanks to our staff in this achievement and to Ryan Svenstrup in helping to guide the ship in the application process.

The not-for-profit association says its purpose is to lead in the development and operational success of medically integrated fitness centers and affect the global continuum of care by providing research, industry standards, operational guidelines, educational programming, benchmarking, outcome measurements, professional development and networking opportunities.

Omni Health and Fitness locations are under the auspices of Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Dyer and Hammond (Schererville) and Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City (Chesterton).

Dr. James Callaghan, Franciscan St. Anthony Health president, said, “Obtaining this certification demonstrates our Franciscan Omni centers’ commitment to the overall health of our patients. We take care of patients at all levels of fitness pursuits, whether one is recovering from a heart attack, or training for a marathon.

Gene Diamond, CEO of Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana hospitals, said the certification is the latest step in a process designed to provide a full range of state-of-the-art health and wellness capabilities for members.

We’re proud that our leaders and staff have risen to the challenge. We invite community residents to stop by, sign up and join in the fun,” he added.

Tom Gryzbek, Franciscan St. Margaret Health president, said, “The MFA certification is another validation of the quality services and programs offered at our Franciscan Omni Centers. We are proud of our staff as they provide support and resources to all wanting to work to improve or maintain their current state of health and well-being.

The Chesterton location is at 810 Michael Drive. For more information, call (219) 983-9832. The Schererville location is at 221 U.S. 41. For more information, call (219) 865-6969.