BHS initiative named health care superstar by IHCCcomment (0)
December 12, 2013
Baptist Health System’s (BHS) Worksite Wellness initiative has been selected as a 2013 HealthCare Consumerism Superstar by the Institute for HealthCare Consumerism (IHCC). The BHS program, which received the IHCC’s “Most Effective Population Health Management” award, has utilized tools provided by Aegis Health Group since 2008.
According to the IHCC, the 2013 population health management award winners “have designed next-generation wellness programs that eschew the one-size-fits-all mantra.”
The BHS internal wellness program initially was launched as a way to mitigate escalating health care costs for its employees. BHS has been able to engage 85 percent of its workforce and measurably reduce tobacco use, decrease body mass index and improve cholesterol and blood pressure, resulting in a 40 percent reduction in primary diabetes claims and complications, among other positive results. Based on this success, BHS launched a Workforce Wellness program in 2008 for employers in several counties. BHS Workforce Wellness personnel conduct health screenings, make follow-up and even same day appointments, host flu shot clinics and provide on-site nurse practitioners in some locations. (BHS)