The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), with local affiliate Wellness Council of Wisconsin (WCWI), recently presented its coveted Silver Well Workplace Award to Memorial Medical Center (MMC) in Ashland and Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge (HAMHWE) in Hayward. The Silver Well Workplace Award recognizes an organization for its commitment to the health and well-being of their employees.
By achieving the Well Workplace Award, MMC and HAMHWE have made a long-lasting commitment to the health and well-being of their employees. As stated by WELCOA Interim CEO Sara Martin, “Well Workplace Award winners have systematically and deliberately created an environment for employees to work in that is going to help them thrive and flourish as humans. These organizations have taken a whole systems approach investing in the humanity of their people”.
Kyle Narges, Wellness Coordinator along with wellness committee members have been implementing healthy initiatives like yoga, personal finance programs, and lunch and learn sessions focused on wellness. Designating both campuses as “tobacco free” was another effort that contributed to receiving the award.
Kyle says, ““I am very proud of what both organizations have accomplished to improve their cultures of wellness in such a short amount of time. When I started in October 2018, wellness was a new concept the Senior Leaders decided was worth investing in for the wellbeing of all employees,” says Narges. “We are very proud to be recognized as a Silver Well Workplace. Our Wellness Committee members in both organizations have done a lot of work to implement and build our wellness offerings. Our strong focus on wellness will continue as we strive to reach our ultimate goal of Platinum status for the benefit of our employees.”
The Well Workplace Awards initiative is driven by a rigorous set of criteria outlined in WELCOA’s seven benchmarks to a result-oriented Well Workplace. Since its inception in 1991, over 1,000 organizations, ranging from educational institutions to non-profit and profit sectors have joined the list of “America’s Healthiest Companies” by receiving the Well Workplace Award.
“MMC and HAMHWE have clearly demonstrated their commitment to protect and enhance the health and well-being of their employees. By meeting the comprehensive standards necessary to achieve the Silver Well Workplace Award, MMC and HAMHWE are prioritizing the well-being of their employees as a foundation of their culture,” said Wellness Council of Wisconsin’s Executive Director, Marissa Kalkman.
The Wellness Council of Wisconsin was founded in 1985 by nine employers from the Wisconsin business community. With more than 6,000 member organizations located throughout North America, WELCOA is highly recognized and regarded for their innovative and result-oriented approach to worksite wellness.