DES MOINES (IA) — The Wellness Council of Iowa recognized Dallas County Hospital and eight other Iowa employers, for excellence in worksite health promotion on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the fourth annual Healthy Iowa Awards. The awards were hosted at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in West Des Moines, Iowa. These eight organizations join a growing list of America’s Healthiest Companies as judged by the Wellness Council of America and the Wellness Council of Iowa.
Companies participate in a comprehensive application process and are measured against national standards set by the Wellness Council of America. “The Well Workplace process establishes criteria to measure the success of corporate health promotion programs,” said Craig Hanken, Wellness Council Executive Director. “By following the standards set forth in the Well Workplace criteria, companies can develop programs that build cultures of wellness within their workforce.
Dallas County Hospital received the Silver Well Workplace designation for its commitment to the health and well-being of their employees. Standards included demonstrating management commitment for the program a written annual operating plan specific to health promotion, supportive policies and effective programs to increase awareness, educate and encourage behavior change in employees.
“It is a great honor to be recognized by the Wellness Council of Iowa,” said Abby Bogaards, Service Excellence Manager and Employee Wellness Chair, “At Dallas County Hospital, we are committed to improving not just the health of the people we serve, but also the health of our employees and staff!”
The organizations also honored included the State of Iowa (Silver Designation); Genesis Health System, Davenport (Gold Designation); Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, Grinnell (Gold Designation); Interstates/Harbor Group, Sioux Center (Gold Designation); Des Moines University, Des Moines (Platinum Designation); Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines (Platinum Designation); and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Platinum Designation).
The Well Workplace Awards were part of a celebration honoring Ames, Iowa (2012 Healthy Iowa Community); Steve Lacy (2012 Healthy Iowa Visionary Leader); and Wartburg College (2012 Healthy Iowa College/University).
The Healthy Iowa Awards are presented by the Academy for a Healthy Iowa, a collaboration between the Iowa Department of Public Health and Wellness Council of Iowa. Award winners are selected based on providing access to wellness, programming, financial commitment, measurability and sustainability. The celebration was made possible in part through generous support from Rockwell Collins, located in Cedar Rapids.
Applications for the 2013 Healthy Iowa Awards will be available January 1, 2012 and can be found at www.wellnessiowa.org.