Care New England not only offers wellness and prevention services to its patients, but also to its employees and their dependents. In reward for its efforts to improve employees’ health, Care New England has received the prestigious Silver Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA). Care New England will be among the Rhode Island employers honored for earning WELCOA awards at Rhode Island’s 12th Annual Worksite Health Awards Breakfast in May 2006.
The Silver Well Workplace Award recognizes those companies that create organizational environments and policies to encourage and support efforts to modify employees’ health risks and to improve their health and well-being.
By achieving this designation, Care New England is recognized as one of America’s Healthiest Companies. As such, it is one of approximately 200 Rhode Island companies working towards Rhode Island’s goal of becoming the first “Well State” in the U.S. Achieving this status requires that 20 percent of all employees must be working for companies that have been certified and designated as “well workplaces” by the Worksite Wellness Councils of America.
“It is rewarding to see the progress we have made in creating a culture of wellness for our employees and their families,” stated John J. Hynes, president and CEO of Care New England. “Our employees can be assured that we provide the very same standards of clinical and programming excellence that we provide for our patients and community.”
To encourage healthier lifestyles and prevent serious health problems, Care New England offers health screenings, health risk assessments, wellness and educational programs, and fitness fairs for employees and their dependents.
“Based on our employees’ and their dependents’ health issues, our Employee Health and Wellness committee developed programs that focus on preventive health screenings, exercise, and weight loss, said Domenic Delmonico, committee co-chair and Vice President of Health Plan and PHO Network Management for Care New England. “We will continue to expand the number and type of programs we offer in order to meet our employees’ health needs.”
Screenings to help prevent serious health problems are offered to employees and their families several times a year. They include testing for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and body fat. Screenings are held during the day and evening, both on-site at Care New England’s hospitals and at off-site locations. Employees are also encouraged to complete health risk assessments and engage the services of a personal health coach, at no charge.
One popular and successful program is the Healthy Steps program which focuses on long-term lifestyle changes, not just short-term solutions. This comprehensive, 12-week, medically-based weight management program is available to employees and their dependents. Healthy Steps includes nutrition, exercise, education, and behavior modification which have proven to be successful for hundreds of participants. As part of the program, a registered dietitian creates individualized nutrition plans and an exercise physiologist designs personalized exercise programs to help employees and their families get started on their weight management goals.
Other initiatives include a four-week version of Healthy Steps, a walking program, stress reduction through massage therapy, healthy eating through nutrition counseling and fresh fruit frequency cards similar to earning frequent flier miles, and educational family fitness fairs.
Wellness Efforts Recognized
The Well Workplace Award initiative is a national competition where companies of all sizes and types submit extensive applications highlighting their health promotion efforts. To qualify, companies must provide extensive documentation on seven specific benchmarks developed by the Wellness Councils of America as a result of research into the common traits of successful wellness programs. The seven benchmarks of workplace wellness are: 1) capturing senior level support, 2) creating a cohesive wellness team, 3) collecting data to drive programming efforts, 4) crafting an operating plan, 5) choosing appropriate interventions, 6) creating a supportive environment and 7) consistently evaluating outcomes.
In a congratulatory letter from the Wellness Councils of America, David M. Hunnicutt, Ph.D., president, stated, “By successfully meeting these rigorous health promotion standards, you have clearly demonstrated your commitment to improving the health and well-being of your most valuable asset – your employees.”
About Care New England
Care New England also offers a wide range of screenings, educational sessions and support groups for the community. To learn more about upcoming health events, please visit the Classes/Events calendar www.CareNewEngland.org.
Care New England, located in Rhode Island, was founded in 1996 by Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital. Care New England is an integrated health care system that offers a continuum of quality care. Our system includes primary care and specialty physicians; two teaching hospitals affiliated with Brown Medical School, Butler and Women & Infants; a community hospital, Kent; a visiting nurse and home care agency, Care New England Home Health; and Care New England Wellness Centers.
For more information, contact Elaine Peterson at 401-276-7825