MILWAUKEE (3/8/2011) - Children's Hospital and Health System has received the prestigious Well Workplace Gold Award from the Wellness Councils of America. This award recognizes a high level of quality and excellence in employee wellness initiatives. This is Children's Hospital's second time earning this award. The award is presented to a limited number of companies.
"We are pleased to be recognized for our commitment to the health and well-being of our employees and their families," said Judy Stellmacher, BSN, RN, wellness coordinator at Children's Hospital and Health System.
Children's Hospital and Health System continues to grow a wellness culture that responds to employee health risks and encourages healthy habits and lifestyles. Its wellness initiatives include a web-based Healthy Steps program, featuring a variety of health-focused challenges, educational opportunities and nutrition and fitness activities. Participating employees and their spouses or same-gender partners earn wellness credits to qualify for savings on their health insurance premiums. Other wellness initiatives include free health screenings, participation in and sponsorship of fitness and nutrition events, special programs and free flu vaccinations for employees.
"We believe that maintaining health and wellness is about making positive lifestyle decisions," said Joe Weyker, manager, Employee Health and Wellness. "Through our wellness program, we provide valuable tools and resources for our employees to choose what best fits their lives. Incorporating this program into their schedule ensures a trend of healthful choices."
About Children's Hospital
Children's Hospital and Health System is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the health system's flagship member, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States, rated No. 3 in the nation by Parents magazine and named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Other health system entities include Children's Hospital of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Children's Hospital and Health System Foundation, Children's Medical Group, Children's Physician Group, Children's Specialty Group, Surgicenter of Greater Milwaukee, Children's Service Society of Wisconsin, Children's Health Education Center, Children's Research Institute and Children's Community Health Plan. In 2009, the health system invested more than $76 million back into the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. For more information visit the website at chw.org.