Community Hospital recognized for promoting workplace well-being

Community Hospital in Grand Junction has earned recognition for its efforts to promote health and safety in the workplace.

Community Hospital has been named a Health Links Certified Healthy Business Leader.

Health Links, a nonprofit initiative of the University of Colorado School of Public Heath, recognizes businesses that meet benchmarks for health and safety efforts. That includes holding managers and supervisors accountable for supporting health and safety, integrating health and safety efforts and extending health and safety services to employees’ families and the community.

Tawny Espinoza, vice president of business development at Community Hospital, said wellness is part of the culture. “Wellness is more than just a strategy that we implement. It is a practice we want employees to embrace throughout all aspects of their lives.”

The hospital introduces employees to the concept of wellness during new employee orientations. A wellness committee comprised of representatives from different hospital departments and levels of the organization determines employee interests and gathers feedback. Various challenges are designed to keep employees engaged in activities. Incentives are based on participation in the program — a family fully participating in the program equates to more than $1,000 back to an employee in terms of bonuses and insurance discounts.

Espinoza said the wellness program at Community Hospital helps not only to drive down health care-related costs, but also recruit and retain staff. “This program is just another way we demonstrate that employees are our most important asset.”