Susquehanna Health was recently recognized for continuing to offer wellness programs promoting a healthy workplace with the 2015 Continuing Excellence Award by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Chamber Choice and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.
“As a healthcare provider and the region’s largest employer, we understand that it is our responsibility to lead by example,” said Jerrod Ferrence, Lead Health and Wellness Educator, Susquehanna Health. “Since being recognized as a healthy workplace in 2011, we have continued with our commitment to employee wellness by offering many new and innovative programs. In the spring, we held our first weight loss challenge in which over 1,000 employees collectively lost 5,418.5 pounds. It was such a success that we plan to make it an annual challenge.”
Other programs include “Stairways to Health,” which encourages employees to take the stairs instead of the elevator; free employee fitness classes at the local YMCAs; free health and wellness coaching; access to health and wellness based incentives and more. Aramark, Susquehanna Health’s food service partner, also recently made the cafeterias at Williamsport Regional Medical Center and Divine Providence Hospital “no fry zones,” by eliminating fried food options.
“We are working to create healthy ways to encourage employees to change their lifestyles, live healthier lives and walk the talk of our healthcare organization by setting a good example for the communities we serve,” said Jerrod. “We hope that not only our employees will benefit from our work, but that other organizations will use us as an example and implement their own programs for employee wellness making everyone Susquehanna Healthy.”
CAPTION: Susquehanna Health’s health and wellness team was established to help promote employee wellness both within the health system and to other organizations within the region. Pictured are members of the team comprised of health and wellness educators, an employer relations specialist and medical careproviders.
(Information from Tyler Wagner and Garrett Stager)