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Gundersen's well-workplace initiatives recognized with Platinum Award

The Wellness Council of Wisconsin/Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) has awarded Gundersen Health System with its Well Workplace Platinum Award - the highest level of recognition for workplace wellness.

"By achieving this level of excellence in workplace wellness programming, your organization has demonstrated it is committed to protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of your most valuable asset —your employees," says WELCOA president David Hunnicutt in a letter to Gundersen chief executive officer, Jeffrey Thompson, MD.

Platinum level workplaces score high in seven key benchmarks of a well workplace. Gundersen has distinguished itself as a leader and innovator in workplace health promotion by:

  • Capturing CEO and leadership support
  • Creating cohesive wellness teams
  • Collecting data to drive health efforts
  • Crafting an operating plan
  • Choosing appropriate interventions
  • Creating a supportive environment
  • Consistently evaluating outcomes

"This recognition is a well-deserved honor. Hundreds of Gundersen employees from across the organization strive to show our patients that, as a well workplace, we ask the same of ourselves as we do of our patients," says Mark Platt, Gundersen senior vice president, Business Services. "Wellness is not just a word —it's a way to live, play and work. The WELCOA award is a symbol of our commitment."

Sarah Havens, director, Gundersen Community & Preventive Health Services, says that WELCOA recognizes organizations such as Gundersen that are strategic in their programming for employees—programming that is thoughtful, effective and helping to create a culture of health and wellness. "The health of our employees impacts what we do every day as we endeavor to provide the best care, by the best people for the best value," says Havens. "Our leaders and employees are partners, recognizing the importance of being healthy and taking steps to stay healthy. It's our commitment we make to each other, our patients, our families and our communities."

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