A Grand Junction-based health care organization has expanded its operation with the acquisition of a company providing workplace wellness services to employers.
Ashley Thurow, executive director of Monument Health, said the acquisition of Good Life Wellness Solutions constitutes a “perfect fit” because it further promotes a proactive approach to health care. “This is an affordable and interactive platform to support employers, many of whom we already work with, as they engage their employees to live healthy and active lives.”
Rebecca Weitzel, the founding partner of Good Life Wellness Solutions, agreed. “The work Monument Health does couldn’t align more perfectly with the goals of Good Life.”
As a clinically integrated network, Monument Health works with health care providers and insurance companies to improve outcomes and lower costs. Since the network was launched in 2016, providers care for a total of 20,000 members in Western Colorado.
Weitzel and Skip Hudson launched Good Life Wellness Solutions to offer a range of services from experienced professionals to help clients set up and manage workplace wellness programs. Those services include everything from engagement tracking, health risk appraisals, incentive plans, newsletters and wellness challenges.
Research has shown workplace wellness programs lower health care costs, decrease employee absenteeism and increase engagement and productivity, Weitzel said. Wellness program also can help in recruiting and retaining employees in a tight labor market.
“It’s not an app or a website that changes lives, it’s access to real-world connections that makes a difference,” she said. “Rather than pushing people to engage multiple times per day with the technology, we encourage them to engage with each other. Rather than enticing people to spend more time clicking and scrolling through screens to boost product usage, we hope they’ll spend more time chopping and mixing in their kitchens to boost their nutrition. And instead of forcing people to adapt their lives to this platform and the programs we created in it, we seek to adapt our programs to their lives.”
Weitzel said she works with care coordinators at Monument Health. When the opportunity arose for the network to acquire Good Life Wellness Solutions, she recognized a good match.
Services will continue for employers, but Weitzel said she’s excited to see where Monument Health takes the effort.
Thurow said no changes are planned for now.
“While Good Life Wellness Solutions will allow us to continue to grow our population health services and support our employer partners and members, we have no major changes planned,” she said. “We will continue to work with our current subscribers and meet their needs the way they are used to being served. And together, when the time is right, we’ll grow and evolve. But we are in no hurry to makes changes to a platform that is a huge success the way it is today.”