Community Hospital awarded for workplace wellness efforts

Community Hospital in Grand Junction has earned recognition for its efforts to promote workplace wellness.

The hospital received the Gold Well Workplace Award from the Workplace Council of America. The hospital is the only business in Mesa County to have received the award.

“We are extremely proud of this award. Our employees are our greatest asset, and we pride ourselves on offering them the best resources for wellness,” said Chris Thomas, president and chief executive officer of Community Hospital.

The Workplace Council of America evaluates worksite wellness programs across the United States. To earn the Gold Well Workplace designation, Community Hospital had to meet criteria that included an operating plan to define specific goals, creating wellness teams with supportive environments, tracking data and evaluating the outcomes.

Tawny Espinoza, vice President of business development at Community Hospital, said employee wellness is part of the organizational culture at the hospital that starts with new employee orientations.

“We want an environment where we provide not only the best patient care, but the best employee care as well,” Espinoza said.

At the same time, though, employee wellness enhances recruitment and retention efforts and supports the overall mission of the hospital, she said.

A wellness committee at Community Hospital has played a key role in implementing the program, she said.

The program includes of a variety of challenges and interventions designed to address areas of improvement established during annual employee health screenings. Interventions include everything from financial fitness and stress management to increasing physical activity or drinking more water.

Employees and their spouses are eligible for reduced health insurance premiums as well as a year-end wellness incentive worth up to $400 for fully participating in the program, she said.