Source: The News-Enterprise
Hardin Memorial Health is one of 14 organizations recognized outside of the Louisville area as a Silver Award recipient from the Worksite Wellness Council of Louisville.
The organization achieved the recognition by implementing health screening labs, the Jiff Wellness Platform, safety and injury prevention, and Medication Therapy Management — all part of the organization’s comprehensive health and wellness program.
At Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting, the HMH Employee “Health Matters Here” Health Team shared progress and the program’s impact.
“When we think about the health of our employees, it’s not just physical health. It’s how do we take care of them financially, their education, all of those things,” HMH Employee Health and Wellness Manager Melissa Griffin said.
According to Griffin, employee health screening labs revealed previously undiagnosed diabetes, infections, thyroid disorders and leukemia.
“We know that early detection and early treatment is better for any patient,” said Griffin, a registered nurse. “We are so glad to be able to provide this service to our employees.”
Griffin also shared testimonials from employees who participate in the activity-based wellness platform, Jiff. She said Jiff challenges insured employees to track steps, food and sleep and to receive annual physical and health screening labs in return for lower insurance premiums or prizes.
“Many of our employees take part in Jiff to realize a cost savings or get prizes, but health benefits are the best outcome,” Griffin said.
HMH Pharmacist Frieda Hutchins and Employee Safety and Injury Prevention Nurse Sierra Goldsmith shared details about the medication therapy management program and HMH’s safety and injury prevention efforts.
Through the MTM program, pharmacists provide individualized counseling to employees.
“Knowing the importance of timing, frequency and drug interactions, even with over-the-counter medications, is critical,” Hutchins said. “We want to make sure our employees maximize their medication’s benefits.”
Goldsmith, also a registered nurse, said the organization sought input from all offices and departments on safety concerns. As a result of the collaboration, it experienced a decline in workplace injuries while the number of employees grew.
HMH Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Myra Covault said all the programs and services contribute to employee satisfaction and retention, and they help HMH manage costs.
Also at the meeting, HMH Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Lennis Thompson presented the unaudited fiscal year 2018 results, which showed a $7,060,000 net income compared to a budgeted income of $8,023,000.
For July, the first month of the new budget year, HMH had a net income of $807,000 compared to a budgeted income of $940,000.