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Inland recognized for Workplace Well-Being

Release Date: 06/18/2013

Inland Hospital is among 11 employers in central Maine recognized for working to improve the health of their employees.
The Waterville area employers received the first annual Workplace Well-Being recognition at the Mid-Maine Chamber’s Business Breakfast in May at Thomas College. The Augusta area employers were recognized at the Kennebec Chamber Business Breakfast in April.
The Workplace Well-Being Award program was developed by the Healthy People of the Kennebec Valley (HPKV) to encourage and recognize Kennebec Valley employers committed to best practices standards around supporting and improving good health and well-being for their employees.
2013 Gold Awardees include:  Inland Hospital, Kennebec Technologies, MaineGeneral Health, and Maine Veterans’ Homes.  2013 Silver Awardees are:  Huhtamaki, J.S. McCarthy Printers, Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, Kennebec Valley Community College, Lohmann Animal Health International, Performance Foodservice – NorthCenter, and Valley Distributors.
On behalf of the HPKV Leadership Council I’d like to commend these businesses for their hard work, leadership and dedication to employee health and creating a healthy and productive workforce in the Kennebec Valley,”   said Denise Dumont-Bernier, HPKV Chairperson.  “We look forward to continuing this tradition of distinguishing worksites throughout the Kennebec Valley in future years.”
Criteria for the award included:  management commitment, wellness leadership and infrastructure, assessment and participation rates, program measurement, interventions offered, supportive environment, and strategic planning.   The recognized businesses met the criteria through comprehensive policies, management support, and various methods of employee engagement.
According to Beth Clifford, RN, Inland Hospital’s Employee Health Coordinator and leader of Inland’s Total Health team, “We are very proud to receive this recognition. As a member of EMHS, Inland strives to create a workplace that supports employee health and wellness. From free wellness coaching, to gym memberships, and our Move and Improve physical activity challenge, Inland is always looking for ways to make it easy for our employees to choose healthy options. This summer we’ve started a new project that brings local farmers on campus regularly so staff has easy access to fresh, healthy food. It’s called Community Supported Agriculture and employees love the concept!” Other parts of Inland’s employee wellness efforts include offering free tobacco cessation products, and a special food labeling program in the hospital cafeteria called “Guiding Stars” that helps educate people about healthier food choices.