The Board of Directors and Professional Staff of the Medical
Fitness Association report with great sadness, the loss of Hank Boerner,
founding member of the association and director of the North Mississippi
Medical Center Wellness Center for the past twenty years. He passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2012.
We remember Hank as a true gentleman with a passion for
helping his fellow man as witnessed by his many community contributions that
have benefited his home town of Tupelo.
Hank was a pioneer who understood how critical the role of
medical fitness plays in the lives of a community, and continuously involved
himself and his center in initiatives that matter to the lives of
individuals. These include his
involvement in the Tupelo Health Task Force, and as a founder of Project Hope,
providing fundraising activities to benefit patients suffering from heart
disease, cancer and diabetes.
Hank served for many years on the Board of Directors of the
Medical Fitness Association, and was also the board Chairman.
"Hank was the catalyst that brought so many active members to our
organization. He cultivated engagement within the organization and did so
in an organic and fun manner. His enthusiasm and humor were contagious and he became an inspirational mentor. This is an
extreme loss to our organization. Hank
has left an amazing legacy.”
Jennifer Hopper, Manager of Piedmont Hospital Health and Fitness Club
"We have not only lost a Medical Fitness Association Founder
but a true Pioneer, advocate and dear friend. He was selfless in his approach
to always help and assist others in their life long pursuit of health and
well-being. All of us who knew and worked with Hank realize the great loss
we all feel but are happy to have had him in our lives for the time that we
did."- Ken Germano, Past President and CEO, Medical Fitness Association.
The Hank Boerner Pioneer Award
To remember Hank, the Medical Fitness Association will rename its annual Pioneer
Award, the Hank Boerner Pioneer Award.
Few individuals epitomize the word ‘pioneer’ as Hank did. In fact, Hank won this award at the Medical Fitness Association Annual Conference in 2011.
Now, at the Medical Fitness Association Annual Conference in 2016, one proud individual will win the Hank Boerner
Pioneer Award. It is
a fitting dedication to an outstanding gentleman and medical fitness family
member. We will all miss you, Hank.
Nomination deadline has been extended till September 5, 2016.