The Fitness Center at University Hospitals Avon Health Center has been named the “Best of Lorain County” in the Fitness Center category for the 5th consecutive year. Additionally, the center received first place in the Medical Fitness Association’s 2014 Program Innovation Awards.
The “Best of Lorain County” awards, sponsored by puLse, Lorain County’s magazine, celebrate the people, places and organizations that make Lorain County great. Now in their fifth year, the awards include more than 50 categories, such as food, retail and service organizations. The Fitness Center was nominated for the award by readers of the magazine, and then selected as the winner by attendees at the “Best of Lorain County” event held at Lorain County Community College in July. Exhale Spa at UH Avon Health Center was also named “Best of Lorain County” in the Day Spa category.
The first place designation in the Medical Fitness Associations 2014 Program Innovation Award was given to the Fitness Center for its “United We Sweat” program. The Medical Fitness Association is a national, non-profit organization formed in 1991 to assist medically-based fitness centers in achieving their full potential.
The 2014 Program Innovation Award is presented to facilities that provide programs that address member retention, clinical integration, community outreach and more. Developed four years ago in conjunction with the United Way of Greater Lorain County, United We Sweat promotes healthier lifestyle options for residents of Lorain County by offering free fitness classes. Participants are encouraged to donate money to the United Way in lieu of payment for the class, and funds collected contribute towards the center’s overall United Way campaign goal. Since its inception, the United We Sweat program has grown to include several other health and wellness entities in the county, and has proven to be beneficial for all involved.
The Fitness Center, located at 1997 Healthway Drive in Avon, is a 60,000-square-foot facility featuring the latest fitness equipment, a six-lane lap pool, a warm water therapy pool, sauna, steam room, a multi-sport gymnasium, group fitness studios, three racquetball courts, indoor/outdoor tracks, outdoor tennis courts, a children’s play area, and a full-service day spa.
For information about membership, please call 440-988-6801 or stop in for a tour.
About University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center
Founded in 1908, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center is a 387-licensed bed hospital system with additional campuses in Amherst (University Hospitals Amherst Health Center), Avon (University Hospitals Avon Health Center) and Sheffield (University Hospitals Sheffield Health Center), along with medical offices in Grafton, North Ridgeville and Westlake. Part of the University Hospitals health system, UH Elyria Medical Center offers patients access to UH Case Medical Center, a nationally recognized academic medical center, as well as programs from internationally recognized centers of excellence such as UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Seidman Cancer Center. UH Elyria Medical Center is one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention™ for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014) and is ranked among the top 5% in the nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014). In addition, UH Elyria was named a 13-time “NorthCoast 99 Top Employer” by the Employers’ Resource Council. For more information, visit UHElyria.org.