Recognized for success of Mission: Health wellness program
Virginia Beach, VA (November 18, 2011)- Optima Health recently received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 C. Everett Koop National Health Award for the success of the Mission: Health wellness program.
The C. Everett Koop National Health Award recognizes employers that have instituted quality health promotion and disease prevention programs that both improve employee health and reduce spending. The employers recognized by this award use forward thinking to improve healthcare services.
The health programs recognized are selected for their success in achieving high employee participation rates; following evidence-based guidelines for health promotion tactics; demonstrating large reductions in health risks; and are cost saving.
Mission: Health is an incentive-based wellness program that benefits both the employees and employer. Optima Health, in partnership with its parent company, Sentara Healthcare implemented this program in 2008 for its 11,200 benefits-eligible employees. By the second year, the program netted savings of $3.4 million in healthcare costs for Optima Health and Sentara Healthcare.
The C. Everett Koop National Health Awards were presented at the Health Enhancement Research Organization forum in Phoenix, Arizona on September 14, 2011.
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