2018 Medical Fitness Facility & Professionals of the Year Awards

These awards celebrate and honor the best and the brightest in medical fitness center management. Awards, in a variety of categories, identify those facilities, programs and individuals that are deserving of recognition for their achievements.

Awards were presented during the 2018 Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony in New Orleans, LA. To vote for our 2019 awards, please click here.


Hank Boerner Pioneer Award

Presented to Jennifer Lavoie, Director, Employee Wellness, Work Life & Fitness
Piedmont Healthcare

Marla Richmond, MS, Memorial Education Award

Catherine Lisowski – Fitness Coordinator
The Summit Medical Fitness Center – Kalispell Regional Healthcare

Best Practice Partner of the Year Award

Power Wellness

Strategic Partner of the Year

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Certified Facility of the Year Award

1st Place

Presented to Powell Wellness Center, Culpeper, VA

Honorable Mention

Presented to Loyola Center for Fitness, Maywood, IL

Program Innovation Awards

First Place

“Back it Up” – Ryan Messinger at Parrish Health & Fitness, Titusville, FL

Second Place

“Workout Warriors” – Morgan Kantola at MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center, Muskegon, MI

Click here to read more about Workout Warriors at MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center.

Medical Fitness Week

The 2018 Walking 10K Winners

Total Number of Steps:

Cleveland Clinic Akron General LifeStyles

Highest Average Number of Steps:

UNC Wellness Healthcare Center

The 2018 MOVE150 Winners

Total Number of Moves:

Beacon Health & Fitness Center

Highest Average Moves:

Fitness Center at University Hospital Avon Wellness Center

Rising Star Awards

Central Region

Doug Gannon
Saint Francis Medical Center – Fitness Plus

SouthCentral Region

Samantha Dumas
Fitness Center of Thibodaux Regional


Kelly Pults
Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Center – Winchester, Virginia


Kierstin Mitchell
Virtua Center for Health Fitness, Washington Township


Catherine Francisco
Henry Mayo Fitness & Health


Emily Janssens
Reh-Fit Centre, Manitoba, Canada