As health care providers, WSHA members put their patients’ care at the center of everything they do. But they don’t forget about their employees’ wellbeing either. This year, Island Hospital in Anacortes received statewide recognition for their employee wellness program.
The hospital’s employee wellness committee accepted the Washington State Health Care Authority’s Zo8 award, which is given to Public Employees Benefits Board organizations for their achievements in building and growing a sustainable wellness program. It’s the first time the hospital has received the honor.
As part of the wellness program at the hospital, the employee wellness committee offers a number of personal challenges throughout the year to get employees moving, drinking more water and challenging each other to meet wellness goals.
The most popular activity is the Step-Up Challenge, which challenged teams of employees to see who could rack up the most steps over the course of a month. A total 160 employees participated in the Step-Up Challenge this year. The hospital also has a seasonal farm stand on campus, bringing fresh fruits and veggies from less than 10 miles away.