Tidelands Health recognized nationally for excellence in employee wellness
March 31, 2016
Nourishing soups, healthy entrees and a salad bar filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Physical activity classes, designated walking paths and a campuswide tobacco-free policy.
These are a few reasons why Tidelands Health has been recognized as a national leader for excellence in employee wellness programs and practices by a leading advocate for workplace wellness.
The WorkHealthy America Excellence Recognition, which is from from the national nonprofit Prevention Partners, marks the third straight year that Tidelands Health has been singled out for the award. The program recognizes hospitals, schools and businesses around the country with the highest standards for workplace health and prevention.
“We were the first hospital in our state to earn this award three years ago, and we’re just as proud to have been recognized for the third time because it confirms our ongoing commitment to employee wellness,” said Renee Shore, Tidelands Health manager of employee assistance programs and wellness.
“As the region’s largest health care provider, we want to lead by example. Creating an environment where our employee partners have opportunities to make wise decisions about their health not only contributes to a healthier workplace but also shows our community that we are committed to living our purpose -- ‘Better health begins here.’ “
Tidelands Health earned top ratings for initiatives addressing tobacco use, physical activity and nutrition and for creating an overall culture around health and wellness. Employee partners who complete certain wellness activities receive money in their health care reimbursement account, which they can use toward eligible health care expenses, including medical and pharmaceutical co-pays and deductibles.
Prevention Partners works with the South Carolina Hospital Association’s Working Well initiative to involve hospital leaders and staff to develop and encourage employee wellness programs and activities. These efforts are funded through The Duke Endowment.