Brad currently serves as an Executive Director at Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRHC) in Kalispell, Montana where he oversees the Summit Medical Fitness Center, Westshore Medical Fitness Center, Polson Medical Fitness Center, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Occupational Health, Employee Health, the KRH self-funded Worker’s Compensation program, Home Health, Hospice, Private Care, the KRMC IRB, and a number of other medical center clinical departments such as Pharmacy and the rehab therapies. Brad has served in the healthcare and fitness industries for over 40 years and has been employed at KRH since November of 1995, just prior to the opening of the Summit Medical Fitness Center.
The SMFC is recognized as a national leader in providing medically integrated health and fitness services and programs and is an MFA Certified facility. In 2004 the SMFC was one of the clinical sites for a large randomized national trial (HF-ACTION) to study the effects of exercise training on individuals with congestive heart failure. Results of this 5 year study showed a significant benefit of exercise training in this population and eventually led to CMS approval of cardiac rehabilitation for patients with CHF. Subsequently, the SMFC, recognizing the escalating chronic disease crises in the U.S., developed and implemented its’ Journey to Wellness Program (JTW), a specialized, coaching based intervention for individuals at risk for, or living with, one or more chronic conditions. This lifestyle change program has worked with nearly 2,000 people and has shown significant health related outcomes from the coaching process. Outcome data from this program was recently published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine (2017) and the program continues to be one of the industry leaders in medically integrated services. Recently the SMFC was awarded a 3 year, $600,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program) to form the “Montana Journey To Wellness Consortium” to take the program to rural critical access hospital settings in Montana.
Brad is a pioneer in the industry and has has served MFA in many capacities including Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2009-2010. He has also been the lead author/editor of many of MFA’s publications including the Facility Standards and Guidelines, and the Resource and Planning Guide. Brad was named as an inaugural Fellow of MFA for his many years of service to the industry.