|BHS Honored with Third C. Everett Koop Recognition for Wellness|
|For Immediate Release
Berkshire Health Systems Wellness Program Receives C. Everett Koop National Health Award
PITTSFIELD, MA - Berkshire Health Systems and its Wellness at Work program have been recognized nationally by The Health Project with a 2013 C. Everett Koop National Health Award Honorable Mention, which honors health promotion and disease prevention programs that have demonstrated results. This is the third time since 2009 that the BHS Wellness at Work program has received a C. Everett Koop National Health Award Honorable Mention. The BHS program was one of only four organizations honored this year, and among three to receive Honorable Mention.
“The BHS Wellness program, which our own employees and those of many other local businesses have used to greatly improve their health, is a pillar of success, as recognized by The Health Project,” said David Phelps, President and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. “This program has had a profound impact on my own health and continues to guide BHS employees to achieve healthier lifestyles. The dedicated staff of Wellness at Work has a right to be very proud of this well-deserved honor.”
The Koop Awards, the most prestigious national honors for wellness programs, are judged based on both documented health improvement and cost savings. In recognizing the BHS program, judges for The Health Project said: “Well designed program; each year they look at where they are and always look to improve; comprehensiveness and scope of the program; preventive population health approach; available to all employees at BHS; significant increases in physical activity and nutrition measurements among employees; state cost trends showing costs trended up while BHS costs trended down with no benefit plan changes, outperforming benchmarks; spouses of employees added to program eligibility; program seems totally integrated into company operations; site champions and a Wellness Advisory Committee lead the program; and strong support from leadership and personal investment by CEO,” among many other favorable comments.
The Health Project is a private-public organization formed to bring about critical attitudinal and behavioral changes in the American healthcare system, so that providers and consumers employ its vast resources with increasing knowledge and understanding. The mission of The Health Project is to seek out, evaluate, promote and distribute programs with demonstrated effectiveness in influencing personal health habits and the cost-effective use of healthcare services. These programs have the objectives of providing appropriate quality care and sharply reducing the rate of healthcare inflation by holding down unnecessary expenditures.