Mercy Awarded for Healthy Worksite Practices
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Healthy Ohio Business Council (HOBC) recognized Mercy Medical Center as one of 68 Ohio employers for healthy worksite practices during the 12th annual Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Awards ceremony.
The event was held January 20 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio as part of the Health Action Council 2016 Annual Conference. Mercy was one of just 12 Ohio employers to earn the Healthy Worksite Gold Level Award in the large business category. Mercy has been honored bronze and silver awards each year since 2008 for its commitment to employee health through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs.
Mercy Medical Center has also been recognized as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. Mercy is among an elite group of awardees for this important initiative.
“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Mercy Medical Center,” said Thomas E. Cecconi, president and CEO at Mercy Medical Center. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.”
Kathy Wise, RD, LD, CWC, CWP, director of health and wellness at Mercy Medical Center, believes it’s the hospital’s responsibility to demonstrate leadership in the area of employee health.
“The mission of our wellness program is to establish and maintain a workplace that encourages physical and mental wellbeing,” Wise said. “Our wellness program fosters a culture to educate, provide opportunities and support anyone’s desire to make healthy lifestyle choices. Wellness has become a passion at Mercy.”
Mercy’s employee-health model incorporates social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical wellness. Initiatives include:
• Diabetes self-management education program, which includes an opportunity to receive free diabetic supplies.
• Onsite tobacco cessation program, weight management, fitness center, fitness classes and monthly blood pressure screenings.
• Cafeteria’s wide range of healthy options with nutrition labeling and frequent addition of new items.
“Poor nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and alcohol and drug use limit our potential to be productive Ohioans. This is why a comprehensive approach to preventive health and wellness at worksite is an essential part of improving both the health of Ohioans and the overall success of our state,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, medical director of ODH. “Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award winners are leading the way in this effort by creating healthy work environments for their employees.”