Like every year since 2011, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has once again received an Excellence in Worksite Wellness award from the Governor's Council of Physical Fitness & Sports and the Vermont Department of Health. This award recognizes MAHHC’s success in creating a workplace that promotes the health and wellness of its employees. The Governor's Council is a physical activity promotion and advocacy group comprised of approximately 20 volunteers, appointed by the Governor and representing a broad spectrum of Vermonters.
The Governor’s Award was presented to MAHHC at the 2019 Worksite Wellness Awards & Conference, which took place at the Doubletree by Hilton in Burlington on March 21. Each year, hundreds of Vermont business owners, human resource professionals, and wellness experts gather at the conference to learn strategies and best practices in worksite wellness, while sharing experiences and expanding professional networks.
MAHHC’s commitment to workplace wellness is expressed by a comprehensive wellness program that addresses five key areas of wellness, including physical, nutritional, emotional, occupational, and financial health. Employees of the Hospital enjoy a smoke-free campus and a cafeteria that features wholesome and nutritious food selections. MAHHC is a breast-feeding friendly employer. There’s a spacious, private employee gym with a full array of fitness equipment available to serve MAHHC staff members. They can also participate in physical fitness programs, and attend classes for weight loss, exercise, yoga, stress reduction, and smoking cessation, most of which are sponsored by MAHHC and offered on site. The Hospital also has an on-site United Way “Working Bridges” resource coordinator who helps staff minimize work disruptions, decrease absenteeism, improve financial stability and ultimately increase retention and advancement.
MAHHC’s Human Resources Director Jean Martaniuk oversees the program with the assistance of Wellness Program Manager Sandi Dion. Ms. Dion coordinates all employee wellness efforts with the assistance of a dedicated committee of staff members, including providers, benefit providers, and others.
“The importance of working to maintain good health and wellness is not just advice we give to patients and communities, it’s something we embrace here at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center,” says CEO and Chief Medical Officer, Joseph Perras. “Wellness is an ongoing process that’s woven into our culture, and we’re honored to be recognized once again with the Governor’s Award for the worksite wellness work we do every day.”