December 23, 2014

Mercy Medical Center receives 2014 Healthy Worksite Silver Award from Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health’s Healthy Ohio Business Council recently awarded Mercy Medical Center a 2014 Silver Healthy Ohio – Health Worksite Award In recognition of the hospital’s commitment to employee health through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Mercy has received the award six times at either a bronze or silver level.

Kathy Wise, Mercy’s director of health and wellness, said it’s the hospital’s responsibility to demonstrate leadership in the area of employee health. “As a major provider of health care services for Stark and surrounding counties, we must set an example for the community, as well as show genuine concern for the well-being of all who work here,” she said. “This award acknowledges Mercy’s long-term and ongoing efforts to facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment for all employees.”

Mercy’s employee-health model incorporates social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical wellness. Initiatives include:

  • Diabetes self-management education program, which includes an opportunity to receive free diabetic supplies
  • On-site tobacco cessation program, weight management, fitness center, fitness classes and monthly blood-pressure screenings
  • A cafeteria with a wide range of healthy options with nutrition labeling and the frequent addition of new items

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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