Spectrum Health West Michigan, Gerber Memorial Hospital
Tamarac re-certified as a nationally recognized medical fitness facility
February 25, 2022
FREMONT, Mich., Feb. 17, 2022 – Tamarac, the Center for Health and Well-being, has achieved its re-certification by the Medical Fitness Association, the country’s leading organization dedicated solely to medically integrated wellness and fitness facilities. Tamarac is one of only three fitness centers in Michigan that is MFA certified.
“Tamarac is honored to achieve re-certification as a nationally recognized medical fitness facility and continue serving our community so individuals at all levels of fitness and wellness can meet their health goals, their way,” said Amanda Irwin, Tamarac manager. “Since Tamarac was first certified by the Medical Fitness Association in 2017, we have invested in highly skilled health professionals and cutting-edge programs, from Momentum for personal fitness to our brand new AlterG Treadmill. As one of only three facilities in Michigan with nationally certified medical fitness programs, we invite everyone to visit Tamarac to see what we can do to help them reach their wellness goals for 2022 and beyond.”
In addition to a gym, indoor track, swimming pool and hot tub, full-service café, child watch, and other amenities, Tamarac also houses many fitness and wellness programs
led by certified health professionals. Tamarac recently launched the AlterG, a NASA technology training and rehabilitation Anti-Gravity Treadmill™ geared for people at all levels of fitness, from athletes to individuals working to lose weight. By helping people move in new ways without pain, the AlterG can help individuals strengthen physical performance, improve overall conditioning and recover after rehabilitation. Tamarac’s Momentum program connects patients and their health care providers to certified fitness specialists and other health care professionals who help build a fitness program customized to the individual.
Tamarac’s initial certification was achieved in 2017. This re-certification represents a significant commitment, on the part of Tamarac, to offer the highest standards of professional expertise and quality programming. Tamarac helps members develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle that minimizes the risk of illness and disease and promote overall wellness.
The Medical Fitness Association’s Facility Certification is the first and only certification offered specifically to facilities in the medical fitness industry—an industry that serves over four million members worldwide. Based on the Association’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 healthcare. The Medical Fitness Association Facility Certification is recognized as a mark of excellence in the health and wellness industry.
“As the incidence of chronic disease continues to rise, the need for medical fitness facilities to offer a high standard of programming for the communities they serve is more important than ever,” said David Flench, FACHE, FMFA, President and CEO of the Medical Fitness Association. “Studies have shown that when people maintain an active lifestyle, especially in a safe environment, they reduce the risk of illness down the road. Tamarac has taken an important step in providing this extraordinary level of care.”
For information: 231.924.1600 or visit tamaracwellness.org.
People are at the heart of everything we do, and the inspiration for our long and continuing legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Our award-winning team improves health, inspires hope and saves lives across 13 counties in West Michigan. We bring together 11 hospitals—including Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, with expert care from 350+ pediatric specialists in 70+ specialties and programs—three rehabilitation and nursing centers, 120 outpatient sites and telehealth services. We are proud to work with 4,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, including Spectrum Health Medical Group, one of the largest and most comprehensive multispecialty physician groups in West Michigan.