2023 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 organizations, facilities, programs and individuals that are deserving of recognition for their achievements.

Awards were presented during the 2023 MFA Annual Conference Awards Ceremony in Baltimore.
To nominate a person or organization for our 2024 awards, please click here.

Hank Boerner Pioneer Award

Carrie Solmundson, Executive Director, The Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital

Marla Richmond Memorial Education Award

Debbie Bellenger, Founder/CEO of DB Fitness and Wellness Solutions, LLC

Individual Professional of the Year

Lynda Foley, Director, Medical Fitness at HealthFitness and Executive Director of Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center

Industry Partner of the Year

OLC Architecture

Strategic Partner of the Year


Certified Facility of the Year Awards

Presented to:

The Atlantic Club-Manasquan

HealthFit – Powered by Sarasota Memorial

Program Innovation Awards

“Cardiometabolic Risk Reduction Program”
The Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital

“Improving Balance in the Senior Body”
CDPHP Fitness Connect at the Ciccotti Center

“Masters Swim”
Mount Carmel Fitness Center

“Wellness Wednesday”
Sam B. Cook Healthplex

Medical Fitness Week Winners

Medical Fitness Week is an annual event for MFA fitness facility members to engage with their members in fun competitions: Walk 10K and MOVE150. For more information about Medical Fitness Week, click here.

The 2023 Walk10K Winners

Total Number of Steps: 14,089,031
Emory Decatur Hospital Wellness Center in Decatur, GA

Highest Average Number of Steps: 88,136
Beacon Health & Fitness-Granger in Granger, IN

The 2023 MOVE150 Winners

Total Number of Moves: 70,943
ECU Health Wellness Center in Greensboro, NC

Highest Average Moves: 397
Beacon Health & Fitness-South Bend in South Bend, IN

2023 Medical Fitness Week Photo Contest Winner
Emory Decatur Hospital Wellness Center

MFA Rising Stars

The Regional Rising Star Awards program recognizes outstanding individual achievement and significant leadership within the medical fitness community. For more information, click here.

Drew Earls, Medical Program Leader
Sam B. Cook Healthplex

Casandra Flotte, Group Exercise Supervisor
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Health & Fitness Center in Geneva, IL

Lisa Hale, Fitness Manager
Aurora Wellness Center in Burlington, WI

Michelle Long, Wellness Navigator
Piedmont Wellness Center in Fayetteville, GA

Heather Panczyk, Fitness Program Coordinator
Beaumont Health Club in Rochester Hills, MI