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Business Group Honors Texas Health as a Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles
06/15/2010

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources, the largest health care system in North Texas in terms of patients served, announced today that it has received the 2010 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award. The award was presented to 66 employers at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being for commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging their workers and families to support and maintain healthy lifestyles.

2010 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award, presented by the National Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being.

Texas Health received a silver award for its Total Health program. The purpose of the Total Health program is to provide awareness, education and intervention opportunities so members can make informed lifestyle decisions. Of those who are eligible for benefits, 90 percent have completed a health assessment. This data is used to continually improve health and wellness program components and measure progress.

Key program elements are health advocacy, disease management, tobacco cessation, on-site fitness centers, fitness challenges, employee assistance program (EAP), lifestyle coaching, on-site Weight Watchers classes, medical nutrition therapy, diabetes education, a maternity support program, on-site hospital case managers and an incentive plan called “Be Healthy.”

Employees can earn up to $300 per year by participating in the program.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Bonnie Bell, executive vice president of People and Culture at Texas Health. “We believe in investing in our employees’ health and well-being and are very proud of our Total Health program.”

“We are delighted to recognize Texas Health Resources for its innovation and commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs designed to encourage healthier lifestyles for their employees,” said Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health. “Texas Health and its management team recognize just how important a healthy workforce is to increasing productivity and controlling health care costs, and we congratulate them on receiving this award.”

Winners of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of three categories:

  • Platinum -- For established workplace well-being programs with measurable success and documented outcomes.
  • Gold -- For creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are committed to long-term behavior changes.
  • Silver -- For employers that have launched significant programs or services to promote living a healthier lifestyle.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.texashealth.org.

About the National Business Group on Health
The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues and providing practical solutions to its members' most important health care problems. The Business Group helps drive today's health agenda while promoting ideas for controlling health care costs, improving patient safety and quality of care and sharing best practices in health benefits management with senior benefits, HR professionals, and medical directors from leading corporations. Business Group members, which include 63 Fortune 100 companies, provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.

 

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