Mercy Hospital’s Associate-driven Wellness Program Receives International Attention

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September 26, 2013

Taking a break in the Associate Fitness Center are from left, Denise Stutzman, Jason Sewell and Greg Barren.

Taking a break in the Associate Fitness Center are from left, Denise Stutzman, Jason Sewell and Greg Barren.

Jason Sewell, supervisor of the Pathology Department, and Denise Stutzman, manager of Non-Invasive Cardiology Services, wear other hats at Mercy Hospital as voluntary leaders on the Associate Council’s Wellness Committee.

Over the past few years, the committee was instrumental in opening an associate gym, starting the “Smallest Winner” program, and coordinating Farmers Markets among many other initiatives. As a result of their efforts, the hospital has been a finalist in Business First’s Healthiest Employers Contest for three years in a row.

Jason and Denise recently participated in an Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) online expedition on “Developing Employee Wellness Programs in Hospitals,” with over 150 healthcare sites from around the world.

According to Linda Horton, vice president, Clinical Innovation & Outcomes, who is actively involved in IHI, Jason and Denise proudly represented Mercy Hospital by being one of four sites chosen to present their “unique associate-driven wellness program model.”

“It was exciting to be invited to share our information and ideas with hospitals as far away as Saudi Arabia,” said Denise, “and the experience showed us that we were further ahead than most hospitals with a program we developed ourselves.”

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