Office of Healthy Ohio Honors Mercy for Healthy Practices

Office of Healthy Ohio Honors Mercy for Healthy Practices

Posted on: December 19, 2011

Canton, OH: The Office of Healthy Ohio (OHO) has recognized Mercy Medical Center, along with 32 other Ohio businesses, for healthy worksite practices. This is the 4th consecutive year that Mercy has been honored with this distinction.

Healthy Ohio Business Council Chair, Laura Ritzler, will present the seventh-annual Healthy Ohio-Healthy Worksite awards on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 12:10 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Dublin. The ceremony will be held during Health Action Council Ohio’s Columbus Kick Off conference that features national experts on health reform, health care systems and health benefits including Roger C. Merrill, M.D. of Perdue Farms Incorporated.

Almost 100 companies, cities and townships applied for the 2011 awards, which recognize Ohio employers that demonstrate a commitment to employee health through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs.

“This achievement demonstrates Mercy’s commitment to the health and well being of its employees,” said Mari-jean Siehl, Director of the Healthy Ohio Business Council, “Mercy Medical Center’s exemplary efforts to provide employees with programs that encourage physical activity, better nutrition and the prevention or cessation of tobacco use are to be commended.”

Mercy Medical Center earned a bronze award in the large employer category (301 or more employees). “We are thrilled to receive the Healthy Ohio-Healthy Worksite award as well as the American Heart Association Fit Friendly company Gold award for the fourth year in a row,” commented Kathy G. Wise, RD, LD, LWC, Director of Health & Wellness at Mercy Medical Center, “Mercy has demonstrated its commitment to wellness by developing a results-oriented wellness initiative with organizational strategies that will last over time.” Wise added that Mercy is helping its employees lead healthier lives by creating a culture that supports wellness. Housed at the Ohio Department of Health, OHO consists of three core areas: health promotion, disease prevention and health equity

About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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