Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Confluence Health receives gold-level recognition from American Heart Association for employee well-being initiatives


WENATCHEE—The American Heart Association has awarded Confluence Health gold-level recognition for its commitment to employee health and well-being. The recognition is based on the Association's 2023 Workforce Well-Being Scorecard™, which evaluates companies' policies and procedures in areas such as mental health support, addressing burnout, financial well-being, and health equity considerations.

Confluence Health's Wellness Program encourages employees to prioritize their health by offering incentives for preventative care, health risk assessments, and participating in yearly wellness tracks. Kiersten Burke, wellness program coordinator at Confluence Health, stated, "Our Wellness Program is all about supporting our employees to improve their health and wellness, which not only helps to align with our organization's vision of creating joy and pride in our work, but also helps our employees to be their healthiest and hopefully lessens future potential health issues."

The program also collaborates with the Nutrition and Food Services departments to provide healthier meals on-site, runs a weight-loss support group, and shares monthly healthy recipes to promote better eating habits among employees.

"The American Heart Association's Workforce Well-Being Scorecard helps us stay on top of the latest advancements in workforce health and well-being so we can create the best environment possible for our people, while also determining the effectiveness of our wellness program and highlighting areas for improvement. We want all staff and providers, both in and out of the workplace, to thrive and be the healthiest they can be," Burke added.

The American Heart Association's Well-Being Works Better™ platform, which includes the Workforce Well-Being Scorecard, aims to empower employers to prioritize their employees' mental and physical health and well-being. In 2023, 492 organizations completed the Scorecard, with Confluence Health being one of the organizations to receive gold-level recognition.

Confluence Health serves the largest geographic region of any healthcare system in Washington State, covering over 12,000 square miles of Okanogan, Grant, Douglas, and Chelan counties. As one of only two locally-led healthcare systems in the state, Confluence Health is committed to maintaining access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare services for North Central Washington.


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