Montgomery County Honored With Healthy Worksite Award

COLUMBUS –The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Healthy Ohio Business Council (HOBC) will recognize Montgomery County and 67 other Ohio employers for healthy worksite practices during the 12th annual Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Awards ceremony.

These awards recognize Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Applicants are scored on the extent their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment.

Six years ago, the Montgomery County Commissioners and Human Resources team partnered with Optum to launch “Take Charge of Your Health,” a comprehensive worksite wellness program that creates a culture of wellness and health, educates employees and spouses on wellness topics and invests in health and wellness initiatives. Through on-site wellness screenings, employees and their spouses have been made aware of medical conditions that, if left untreated or undiagnosed, could have led to serious problems in the future.

This initiative also benefits taxpayers.  Previously, Montgomery County’s medical costs were increasing at a faster rate than national averages.  Projections for the upcoming 2015-2016 plan year indicate that the results of Montgomery County’s strategy will bring the County’s costs below the national averages.

“Montgomery County is all about investing in people…our customers and our employees.  By building this wellness strategy, our employees are healthier and so is our bottom line,” said Montgomery County Commission President Debbie Lieberman.  “We are proud of this recognition and will continue to introduce innovative ways to help our employees take charge of their health.”      

“Poor nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and alcohol and drug use limit our potential to be productive Ohioans. This is why a comprehensive approach to preventive health and wellness at worksites is an essential part of improving both the health of Ohioans and the overall success of our state,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, Medical Director at ODH. “Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award winners are leading the way in this effort by creating healthy work environments for their employees.”

“Employee health and wellness efforts result in major benefits for both employer and employee,” Helene Szczerba, chair of HOBC said. “Positive returns on investment are realized for the employee who improves his or her health and the employer who realizes reductions in healthcare costs and an overall increase in productivity and job satisfaction.”

All worksites, large and small, public and private, for profit and nonprofit, are encouraged to apply for the Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award.  All applications are reviewed and evaluated by members of HOBC. The three levels of achievement are awarded in Gold, Silver or Bronze.  All other applicants who meet basic criteria receive a Recognition award. Increasing the number of worksites receiving awards is an objective in Ohio’s Plan to Prevent and Reduce Chronic Disease: 2014-2018, an objective being led by HOBC.

The ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. on January 20, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio as part of the Health Action Council 2016 Annual Conference.  The conference features national experts on health reform, health care systems and health benefits. The awards are sponsored by Provant, a leader in population health management strategies and customized worksite wellness services that support employee well-being and productivity and healthcare cost containment.

The 2015 Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award recipients are:
Small Business [≤ 300 employees]:  (19 awards)
Gold Award:  Henry County Hospital, The Dupps Company, Certified Angus Beef and Tri-Rivers Career Center

Silver Award: LifeCare Alliance; Technical Consumer Products, City of Montgomery, HORAN, Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc., Sika Corporation; Atlantic Tool and Die Company, United Way of Central Ohio, RW Beckett Corporation, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, and Kings Daughter Medical Center Ohio

Bronze Award: Community Action Committee of Pike County, Hartzell Propeller, Inc.; Ohio WillowWood, and Excellas, LLC

Medium Business [301-1000 employees]: (23 awards)
Gold Award: Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers; Colgate- Palmolive, IGS Energy, MillerCoors; Fulton County Health Center, Greater Dayton RTA, Western Reserve Hospital

Silver Award:  Pickaway County Commissioners, Automated Packaging Systems, Welltower Inc., Methodist ElderCare Services, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, City of Dublin, Equity Trust Company,  North Star BlueScope Steel, LLC, Magma TEAM Systems, City of Kettering, MS Consultants

Bronze Award: Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, Brickler and Eckler, Molina Healthcare, City of Westerville

Large Business [1001+employees]: (26 awards)
Gold:  Mount Carmel Health System; Mercy Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, America Showa, Inc., The Ohio State University, Union Hospital Dover, Southern Ohio Medical Center, Youngstown State University, Lake Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Tri-Health, The Westfield Group

Silver Award: Lucas County Board of Commissioners, Montgomery County, Premier Health, The MetroHealth System, Total Quality Logistics, Genesis HealthCare System, American Greetings, Signet Jewelers, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Bronze Award:  Alliance Data Card Services, Huntington National Bank, Case Western Reserve University, University of Cincinnati

For more information and to register for the Health Action Council 2016 Annual Conference in Columbus, visit www.hacannualconference.org.

For more information on the Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award program, visit:  http://www.healthy.ohio.gov/businesses/howkawd.aspx