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PeaceHealth ranked No. 1 in list of Healthiest Employers of Washington

March 6, 2020

PeaceHealth was recently named no. 1 Healthiest Employer of Washington for companies with 5,000 or more employees. The nationally recognized award, which is powered by the Springbuk Health Intelligence Platform, is given annually to organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace.

The award acknowledges the success of PeaceHealth’s employee wellness program spanning all PeaceHealth’s facilities in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. The designation uses an online assessment to measure employee participation, health outcomes and leadership commitment, among other measures.

PeaceHealth’s wellness program takes a holistic approach by focusing on the financial health, nutrition, stress management and physical fitness of its employees.

“At PeaceHealth, we believe that community wellness begins with our own caregivers, said Jim Larrick, PeaceHealth system vice president of human resources operations and systems. “By encouraging whole-person health, we are excited to extend our culture of wellness to our patients and families and improve the health of the communities we serve.”

PeaceHealth’s program is not tied to medical plan enrollment, but instead fosters a culture of wellness by offering an interactive, personalized wellness platform with fun, health-related resources and rewards. For example, all employees receive a free Fitbit device for enrolling and completing a voluntary biometric screening.  Employees can also earn monetary incentives throughout the year by tracking individually chosen healthy habits and engaging in friendly competition with fellow coworkers, family and friends.

Employees can also take advantage of a variety of health-focused discounts from local, regional and national vendors, such as health clubs and fitness centers, massage treatment, travel and more. A variety of offerings are available at PeaceHealth facilities, including gyms and shower facilities, walking trails, flu shot clinics, healthy vending machines and discounted healthy food options.

PeaceHealth also recently launched an Integrative Nutrition Pathway scholarship program for its employees - the first of its kind in the nation. The program is available to all employees and provides the opportunity to earn a certification as a health and nutrition coach at PeaceHealth’s expense. PeaceHealth simply asks that participants share their new knowledge and expertise with friends, family and colleagues who may benefit.

In addition, PeaceHealth’s Healthy You platform is available to anyone and everyone and offers classes, webinars, recipes and much more to support people on their wellness journey.

“We congratulate PeaceHealth on being named a leader in workplace health for their inspiring commitment to employee well-being. Each year, it’s our privilege at Springbuk to recognize the best of the best in corporate health through the Healthiest Employers® awards program. Across the nation, we’re encouraged by the tremendous efforts of corporate health leaders proactively investing in the wellbeing of their employee population,” said Rod Reasen, Co-founder and CEO of Springbuk.

About PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

About Springbuk and Healthiest Employers®:
Springbuk is a health intelligence platform that empowers everyone in an employer’s health ecosystem to glean actionable insights to improve their population’s wellbeing and contain claims costs. Each year, Springbuk administers the Healthiest Employers® awards program across the US to honor the nation’s most dedicated employers in bettering their worksite health and wellness programs. To date, over 10,000 employers across 40+ US cities have participated in the awards program. Learn more at Springbuk.com and HealthiestEmployers.com.