The organization was recognized for their employee wellness and health promotion programs
WINDSOR, VT – Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, a not-for-profit hospital, was recently recognized by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports, a physical activity promotion and advocacy volunteer group appointed by the Governor. The organization received the Governor’s Recognition of Worksite Wellness Program Award, an honor that acknowledges employers who are experiencing rapid growth and demonstrate an understanding of health management planning principals.
The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports applauded Mt. Ascutney for providing employees with tools to become active and stay engaged in wellness activities. In 2011, the organization created the “Gateway to Health” trail which features flowers, plants, picnic tables and bridges. In partnership with Virgin HealthMiles, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center also launched a five-tier Pedometer Program in 2012 to keep participants focused on achieving their goals during a year-long initiative. By reaching milestones, employees earn HealthMiles and redeem them for prizes and cash rewards. To-date, 205 employees are registered in the Pedometer Program.
“At Mt. Ascutney, we have a commitment to not only improve the health and wellness of our community but also to our employees,” explained Kevin Donovan, CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. “Our Wellness Committee works toward establishing and maintaining a worksite culture that promotes opportunities for employees to adopt healthier habits and active lifestyles.”
In addition to employee initiatives, Mt. Ascutney’s outreach programs have addressed local health-related issues and built collaborative relationships within the community. Its Substance Abuse Prevention Program has made significant progress in reducing tobacco use and high risk behavior in middle school and high school students. Conveniently located in Windsor, the Community Health Clinic and the Connection Resource Center offer free health care and case management services for the uninsured and underinsured and increases access to health care and supportive services to patients in rural areas.
Photo Attached Courtesy Of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (Left To Right): Kevin Donovan, CEO, John Frisbee, II, Director of Food Services, Natalie Audette, The Richards Group, Heather White, Benefits Coordinator, Virginia Morse, Dietician, Jean Martaniuk, Human Resources Director, Jill Lord, Patient Care Administrator, Bonnie Paquette, Patient Accounts Manager, Donna Mayo, Biller, Melanie Sheehan, Community Outreach/Wellness Educator