|BHS Wellness Program Achieves Koop Honor for 2nd Year in a Row|
|November 22, 2010
For Immediate Release
BHS Wellness Program Recognized Nationally by C. Everett Koop Health Project: Second Consecutive Honorable Mention Award
For the second year in a row, the Berkshire Health Systems Wellness at Work program is one of a select group of programs to receive national honors from the C. Everett Koop National Health Project, receiving an Honorable Mention C. Everett Koop National Health Award for 2010. Only three programs received the C. Everett Koop National Health Award and four, including the BHS program, the Honorable Mention Award.
The Health Project is a non-profit, private consortium chaired by C. Everett Koop, MD, and dedicated to the furtherance of better health and lower medical costs by reduction in the need and demand for medical services. These awards are given annually to worksite, community, or provider programs which have soundly documented improved health and decreased medical costs. Several of the programs cited for Honorable Mention in past years have gone on to receive a C. Everett Koop National Health Award.
“This second recognition really shows how well our program is growing, the level of support internally from senior leaders, and a serious commitment to the health of our employees, said Bobbie Orsi, MS, RN, Program Director for Wellness at Work. “Our staff has worked to continually improve the range of wellness program offerings and provide sustainable outcomes, and we base our program strategy on what is considered best practice in the health promotion industry today. We are then able to offer the same level of service to other local worksites, many who have also made serious investments in the health of their employees. This Honorable Mention by such a distinguished national organization is evidence that we are making a difference, and to be honored twice is a remarkable achievement for our staff.”
As Berkshire County’s largest employer, Berkshire Health Systems provides this innovative worksite program for over 3,000 BHS employees, and also offers worksite wellness programs to many other local community businesses. Reviewers from the C. Everett Koop National Health Awards cited the numerous strengths of the BHS Wellness at Work program, which include high level leadership of the Chief Executive Officer and senior wellness team; a broad wellness champion network; a smoke-free campus and healthy food initiatives; integration with the Network Blue Plus Wellness benefit plan, a “serious” strategy for reducing risk and improving employee health, an annual health assessment with screening; health coaching, and many other creative programs to support employees.