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For release: December 30, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014, amy.kilgore@akrongeneral.org
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681, kelly.wardsmith@akrongeneral.org

Akron General employee receives national award

The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) is proud to announce Brad Higgins was presented the Rising Star Award - Central Region at its annual conference held in San Diego, Calif., in November. The award recognizes outstanding individual achievement and leadership by front line/management staff within the medical fitness community.

“MFA is thrilled to have such strong leaders dedicated to helping their communities become healthier through medically based fitness programs. We are proud to recognize centers and individuals who are making a difference through the provision of individualized fitness programs and services that impact lifestyle-related chronic diseases within their community,” said Robert D. Boone, FACHE, FMFA, President and CEO of the Medical Fitness Association.

Higgins is the Operations Manager at Akron General LifeStyles – West, in Montrose, where he has created a real time member suggestion process, improved emergency response times, developed a metrics based annual evaluation for his staff, developed and implemented a monthly electronic newsletter and served as the point person for the MFA Certification effort. He continues to show great interest in the industry by becoming a MFA Certified Facility Site Examiner. Higgins is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences on the subject of metrics driven annual staff evaluations.

LifeStyles is a medically supervised fitness and membership program at Akron General’s Health & Wellness Centers. It was created to help incorporate not just exercise, but overall wellness into your and your family’s lifestyle.

Higgins resides in Brunswick Hills.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit www.akrongeneral.org.

About the Medical Fitness Association
The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) is a professional association representing fitness facilities that believe in and promote the medical fitness difference and integrated care as the prescription for better health. MFA serves facilities and professionals who are committed to providing individualized health and fitness programs that help people manage their health risks, proactively work on primary and secondary prevention of lifestyle related chronic disease and post recovery step down programs.

A nonprofit organization founded in 1991, the MFA is the only provider of a high quality facility certification process provider of industry standards and benchmarks, educational programs, professional development and networking. To learn more about MFA, please call 804-897-5701 or visit www.medicalfitness.org.



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