Ph.D., FACSM, FACHE, FMFA Executive Director Logan Health Logan Health Medical Fitness Center Kalispell, Montana
Brad currently serves as the Executive Director of the Logan Health Medical Fitness Center (LHMFC), a 114,800 square foot medically integrated fitness center located in Kalispell, Montana and two smaller facilities (located in Lakeside and Polson, MT). The LHMFC is a subsidiary of the Logan Health System that incorporates a large regional medical center (Logan Health Medical Center), 5 rural critical access hospitals and 50 clinics. Brad has served in the healthcare and fitness industries for over 40 years and has served at LH since November of 1995, just prior to the opening of the Medical Fitness Center in January 1996. The LHMFC is recognized as a national leader in providing medically integrated health and fitness services and programs. In 2004, the facility was one of the clinical sites for a large randomized national trial (HF-ACTION) to study the effects of exercise training on individuals with congestive heart failure. Results of this 5 year study showed a significant benefit of exercise training in this population and eventually led to CMS approval of cardiac rehabilitation for patients with CHF. Subsequently, the LHMFC, recognizing the escalating chronic disease crises in the U.S., developed and implemented its’ Journey to Wellness Program (JTW), a specialized, health coaching based intervention for individuals at risk for or living with one or more chronic conditions, including cancer. This lifestyle change program has worked with over 3,500 people and has demonstrated significant health related outcomes from the coaching process. Journey to Wellness outcome data was previously published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine (2017) and the program continues to be one of the industry leaders in medically integrated services. Recently the LHMFC completed a 3-year, $600,000 grant project supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA; Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program) ** that formed the “Montana Journey To Wellness Consortium” and implemented a health coaching based program in two rural Montana critical access hospital communities. Brad is an ACSM Fellow, current Editor-in-Chief of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, a past member of the ACSM Board of Trustees, and served as an Associate Editor for the 11 th edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. He is the past chair of the Exercise is Medicine Credential Committee, and served on the Exercise is Medicine Advisory Council along with a number of other committees and task forces. Brad is a past -President of ACSM’s affiliate, the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association and a past-president of NWACSM. Additionally, Brad is a Fellow in the Medical Fitness Association, served on the Medical Fitness Association board from 2003 to 2012 and as board chair from 2009-2011. He served as editor for the Medical Fitness Association’s Standards & Guidelines for Medical Fitness Center Facilities (first and second editions), chaired the Fellowship Review Committee from 2013-2017 and served on the Facility Certification Committee. He was honored to receive the Distinguished Service Award from MFA in 1999 and as the Hank Boerner Pioneer Award recipient in 2014. Brad also is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, earning his board certification in 2007 and has served the college as President of the Montana Chapter and Regent for Montana. Brad lives in beautiful Kalispell, Montana just outside Glacier National Park with his wife Susan. They have two wonderful children and three precious grandsons that keep their lives active and fun. In their spare time Brad and Susan enjoy hiking, snow-shoeing, functional training maintaining their 60-acre property and a variety of other outdoor activities. Both are avid readers and sing with the Glacier Orchestra and Chorale.