Published on October 03, 2018

Award for improving employee health

MaineGeneral was presented with the C. Everett Koop Award Honorable Mention today at the annual Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Forum in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The award recognizes organizations for improving the well-being of employees through evidence-based health promotion programs. MaineGeneral is one of three organizations nationwide to receive the award this year.

“The health and well-being of employees is a top priority at MaineGeneral Health,” said Chuck Hays, president & CEO. “We invest in and take care of our employees so they can deliver their best each and every day to our patients, families and community members.”

Since 1994, The Health Project has recognized organizations with proven health improvement and cost savings programs through its prestigious C. Everett Koop National Health Award. A key requirement of the Koop Award is documented results, both in terms of health improvement and economic impact. Award winners must achieve health care and/or productivity cost reductions while improving population health.

MaineGeneral Health is a comprehensive non-profit health care system with a mission of enhancing the health of people in the greater Kennebec Valley of Maine. MaineGeneral is self-insured. With more than 4,500 employees, there have been no health care plan increases in the employee portion of the health insurance premiums for the last four years. Its vibrant workplace health promotion and wellness program, “A Healthier You,” has increased participation rates, improved employees’ health risk profile and retained overall flat spending. Through these efforts, MaineGeneral calculated potential savings in medical costs at more than $1 million.

“We have implemented a comprehensive, strategic approach to supporting employee health,” said Kenji Saito, medical director for MaineGeneral Workplace Health. “The core of our program is encouraging behavior change through face-to-face health coaching and the Virgin Pulse well-being platform. Through our efforts we have engaged 84 percent of our employees, resulting in tremendous outcomes and health plan cost savings.”