The Cumberland Medical Center Wellness Complexes have won the 2012 Ovation Award for Excellence in Professional Services. It is the second time in the past two years the facilities were recognized in the 15 Upper Cumberland Area Counties.
The facilities also won the category in 2010.
The competition is sponsored by the Cumberland Business Journal, a regional publication that reports on businesses in the 15 counties.
“This award belongs to staff members. They are the ones who provide the personal and professional service. It includes instructors, trainers, nurses, massage therapists, business staff, cleaning and mechanical staffs, just everybody who sees to it our facilities are always operational. Our employees are the best,” said Tres Baucum, facilities manager.
The award is one of a long list of recognition for excellence for the CMC Wellness Complexes. The national Medical Fitness Association, based in Richmond, Virginia, presented the facilities its Distinguished Achievement Award in 2007 and 2009, an extraordinary honor for a small health center in a rural setting.
Highlights of the Wellness Complexes efforts the award was based on included community weight management programs at local industries and corporate fitness tests for employees.
Exercise classes were conducted for the Health Department, Girl Scouts, Senior Centers, Diabetes Education classes, and local elementary schools. A Treasure Fit program, organized as an incentive for members at the Wellness Complexes, is now the most popular group exercise program offered in 15 years.
Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes were taught for the Wellness staffs, the Art Circle Public Library, the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Community Rescue Squad, Physical Therapy staff, and local medical offices. Assistance was also given at a CMC Occupational Medicine Department class.
First Aid classes were taught for the Wellness staffs, the Library, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Community Rescue Squad, and an assist at the CMC Occupational Medicine class.
The Wellness Complexes are active in benefits for cancer, heart disease, and burn victims. To date funds raised totals more than $35,500.
The Complexes are drop off sites for eye glasses for Lions Club International and food for the Crab Orchard Care Center. They also provide food and gifts for families in need at Christmas.
Fund raisers are numerous at the Wellness Complexes. Assistance is given to the Cumberland County Cardiac Support Group with its annual Breakfasts, Chili Suppers, Golf Tournament, 5K Community Run, Relay for Life, and Christmas Basket Deliveries.
Fund raising helped CMC acquire telemetry monitors for the Chest Pain Clinic and bricks for its Courtyard
Others receiving help included Hospice, the Palace Theatre, The Arc of Cumberland County, the Cumberland Playhouse, Crossville Christian School, Fairfield Glade Rotary, High School Golf Teams, Crossville, Inc., Stone High School Baseball Team Stone High School Sports Program, Cumberland County Junior Rescue Squad, noon Rotary Club, CPS Alumni, various individuals, and the Crossville Depot. Funds raised totaled more than $40,000.
Activities for local youth included exercise programs, classes at the Teens Against Drugs (TAD) Center, a program at the 4-H Camp, and events at various elementary schools.
Special observances included Diabetes Alert Day, Senior Health and Inspiration Day, 9/11 Anniversary Luncheon for Service Personnel, and a Member Appreciation Luncheon for members who have participated in personal exercise of fitness programs for at least 10 years.
Cardiac Rehab Classes included education about the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Pulmonary Rehab, Reach to Recovery, and exercise. Various elementary schools also learned about the programs.
The Wellness Complexes provided speakers on health and fitness to the Resident Services Forum at Fairfield Glade, the national Medical Fitness Association, the local chapter of the Tennessee Nutrition Services Association, the Fairfield Glade Rotary Club, the Fairfield Glade Ladies Club, Tansi Exchange Club, Elks Lodge, Breakfast Rotary Club, a Community Profiles Television Segment, and Senior Health and Inspiration Day.
Additional speakers addressed the Tansi Community Center, Business Networking International, Reach to Recovery, Parkinson’s Support Group, Alzheimer’s Support Group, Cancer Support Group, Diabetes Support Group and a weekly Medical Education radio show.
The American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association provides certification programs for Wellness Complexes employees so they are tested for their knowledge and professionalism. Certifications include Personal Trainer, Senior Fitness, and Weight Trainer Consult certifications.
Community Seminars are offered each month at the Crossville and Fairfield Glade Wellness Complexes. The events are free and open to members and non members. Speakers are CMC medical staff and other specialists.
Cholesterol screenings are scheduled each year along with weight loss programs that are also offered on a regular basis.
An early morning community walking class is available to inspire and motivate participants. Other special programs are the 90-Plus Club, which provides free membership to person 90 years of age, and the Scholarship Program, which helps members with financial difficulties. Families of Soldiers get special attention. Cardiac Rehab Phase II patients have free use of the walking track. An incentive is available for teachers who participate in a School Wellness Program.
Free use of the Conference Room is provided for the Cumberland County Cardiac Support Group, and the Cancer, Depression and Stroke Groups, the Adapt and Overcome Group, which deals with prostheses. The Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group and the Business Network International also meet there.