Health plans provider earns top workplace wellness award

Steve Erkenbrack

A Grand Junction-based health plans provider has earned additional recognition for its workplace wellness programs.

The Wellness Councils of America has named Rocky Mountain Health Plans a Platinum Well Workplace.

“We are honored to receive WELCOA’s Platinum Workplace designation,” said Steve ErkenBrack, chief executive office of Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

“At Rocky Mountain Health Plans, we believe it’s important to foster a culture of health that emphasizes and supports wellness and healthy behaviors through educating and empowering employees to take charge of their health,” ErkenBrack added.

Rocky Mountain Health Plans is the only Colorado company that’s received the designation and one of only 10 such companies earning the designation nationwide in 2012.

The Platinum Well Workplace Award is the highest bestowed by the Wellness Councils of America and granted to organizations that previously achieved the Gold Well Workplace designation. Rocky Mountain Health Plans was the first Western Colorado employer to win the Bronze designation in 2006 and earned the Gold designation in 2009.

To qualify for Well Workplace designations, companies must provide documentation for seven benchmarks: senior level support, wellness teams, data collection, strategic operation plans, interventions and programs, supportive environments and evaluation of outcomes.

Rocky Mountain Health Plans launched its workplace wellness program in 2005 to improve employee health and productivity while reducing costs. The program now offers a wide range of resources to its employees, including everything from fitness and yoga classes to flu shots to massage therapy.

“Our wellness team realizes there is not a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, they have looked at our employee population and developed programs that work for every person,” ErkenBrack said. “Our programs have demonstrated measurable improvement in impacting the health of our employees. Receiving this award is further confirmation that we’re doing the right thing.”

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    I love that this company has been taking the pro-active approach to employee wellness since 2005!!
    Amazing work and it looks like the momentum has been maintained with awards and recognition.
    Super and keep up the good work!


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