MetroHealth honored with third Gold Award from Healthy Business Council of Ohio
The MetroHealthy employee wellness program has earned The MetroHealth System its third Gold Award from the Healthy Business Council of Ohio (HBCO).
The HBCO recognized MetroHealth and 72 other Ohio employers for healthy worksite practices during the 15th annual Healthy Worksite awards presentation, held January 24. 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.
In 2018 at MetroHealth:
- 79% of benefit-eligible employees participated in some aspect of the MetroHealthy Rewards Program, a 3% increase from 2017
- Over 1,000 spouses participated in the MetroHealthy Program
- There were significantly increased rates of healthier behaviors for MetroHealthy participants per online health assessment data over the last five years (2013-2017), especially in the areas of nutrition, stress management, sleep and tobacco cessation
All worksites, large and small, public and private, for profit and nonprofit, are eligible to apply for the Healthy Worksite Award. All applications were reviewed and evaluated using objective criteria. Three levels of achievement were awarded — Gold, Silver and Bronze. Other applicants, who meet basic criteria, received 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 HBCO.
Pictured above are MetroHealthy team members Stephanie Kanuch, EileenSeeholzer, MD, Danielle Liszka, Elaine Pizzuli, and Monica DeAngelis, joined by an HBCO representative.
The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building, and the 25 acres of green space around it, are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.
MetroHealth will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.