September 12, 2012

CAMC has been honored by the Wellness Council of West Virginia with a silver level National Excellence in Worksite Wellness award.

The National Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award recognizes excellence in worksite health promotion.  In October 2011, CAMC launched a new employee health initiative called “My Health” designed to help employees improve their overall health, reduce their health risk factors, promote a healthy work environment, celebrate personal and group successes, and improve morale and job satisfaction.

My Health combines new classes and programs with an online Health Risk Assessment, incentive choices and online resources.  Over the past year, My Health programs have included a Couch to 5K program, Drop 10 in 10 class, Biggest Loser wellness challenge, Zumba classes, yoga classes, Weight Watchers at Work, and discounted lab testing for employees and their families.  Employees participating in the program earn points toward their choice of a deductible credit on their medical plan, medical premium discount, or gift card. Other bonus rewards are offered throughout the year, such as lunch totes, pedometers and gift cards. To date, 51 percent of CAMC’s population participates in My Health, which is 3,060 of the hospital’s 6,000 employees.

“CAMC has worked hard to integrate a comprehensive program that reaches all of our employees throughout the community, from our three hospital campuses in Charleston, to Teays Valley and our many off-site locations,” said Mary Caldwell, compensation and benefits manager.  “Our programs are designed not only to improve health in the workplace, but also to establish lifelong health habits that will benefit our employees for years to come.”

To be eligible for a silver level award, an employer must submit an extensive application that meets strict criteria. It is presented at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. CAMC is eligible to apply for the award every three years.

 “We are proud to offer a comprehensive wellness program to our employees that do an outstanding job of taking care of our community,” said Dave Ramsey, president/CEO of CAMC Health System.  “Our employees are incredible caregivers, but we want to make sure they have the resources they need to also take care of themselves.”

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