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Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville president Tanya Blackmon and HFFA Director Dee Jetton addressed the Huntersville Board of Commissioners at their meeting Monday night to announce a new sponsorship agreement between the two entities.

The new sponsorship agreement in the amount of $250,000 will assist with the required capital improvements for HFFA’s successful delivery of the AAU National Diving Championships, the nation’s largest amateur diving competition, in July 2012. The agreement also provides continued funding over a period of six years to assist with other capital improvements to the facility. This is the first announcement of a two-year capital campaign recently begun by HFFA to raise $800,000 to expand the facility and allow it to offer more programs and services.

Huntersville Commissioners thanked Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville for their continued involvement in the community and at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics. Commissioners also commended Blackmon for Presbyterian's recent recognition of being the only hospital in Mecklenburg County to receive an 'A' safety rating from HospitalSafetyScore.org.

Beyond the capital assistance, Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville has also agreed to provide health services and education, and an on-site nurse with hours at HFFA each month, who can assist members on various issues from healthcare access to disease management to the facility. They will also conduct periodic screenings.

“Partnering with Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics provides us the opportunity to live our mission of improving the health of our community, one person at a time,” said Tanya Blackmon, president of Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville. “We are honored to serve the residents of Huntersville and are proud to be Huntersville’s community hospital. It is natural that we would partner with Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics to show our support for the Huntersville community.”

Convenience is everything and even the most health conscious individuals postpone going to the doctor or asking a professional if they should be concerned about something that seems minor but may not be. “Procrastination can lead people the wrong direction on the wellness continuum,” said Jetton, adding “the presence of Presbyterian’s team of health professionals in our environment will help us uncover health issues that could be life altering or lead to early death or disability.”

This partnership will also increase the amount of information and services the staff at HFFA can make readily available to support the health goals and initiatives of our members and guests. “Our members will gain tremendous resources in our new strategic partner,” said Jetton.

“Presbyterian has shown its interest in partnering with Huntersville in efforts to make our community healthier for years,” said Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain. “It has long been a goal of mine to bring these two entities together and I am so excited about the potential for our overall community.”

Presbyterian has been and continues to be a resource for providing physicians, nutritionists, physical therapists, and other health care professionals for workshops and clinics that HFFA holds for various populations. They have addressed groups including our SOULS seniors, new mothers, overweight and obese members who are looking at options to address weight related health issues, risk control and prevention, members with orthopedic concerns, and health risk factors of HFFA’s general membership population.

Presbyterian, through Lakeside Physicians, has previously established a physical therapy practice at HFFA. The predominant programming the therapists conduct is water therapy. Dr. Greg Bielec is the contact person for the Physical Therapy program at HFFA (704-316-1280). Additionally, Presbyterian also conducts a weight management program for non-English speaking and English as a second language, Hispanic women. This group has made great strides towards better health and wellness as a part of this program.

Together the teams at HFFA and Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville will encourage health screenings, greater personal awareness of risk factors, and provide more knowledge about how to make the most of the time people spend trying to improve our health and well-being.

“I am honored to have the privilege to work with this combined team of valued health professionals. Together, we are committed to a healthier, happier, and more fit community,” said Jetton.
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