WorkHealthy Hospitals’ achievements recognized at 2016 OHA Convention

Posted on: 11/30/16

Jimmy Leopard, OHA board chairman, with Excellence recipients (left to right) Pam Chitwood, public relations and marketing coordinator, Arbuckle Memorial Hospital; Darin Farrell, CEO, Arbuckle Memorial Hospital; Heather Gillean, nutrition services supervisor, Mercy Hospital Watonga; and Bobby Stitt, administrator, Mercy Hospital Watonga.
OHA was pleased to recognize WorkHealthy Hospitals’ first Excellence hospitals in employee wellness at the recent OHA Convention on Nov. 3. This is the highest achievement hospitals can attain within this initiative. Mercy Hospital Watonga and Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, Sulphur, were acknowledged for reaching the Gold level in all three areas of WorkHealthy standards: nutrition/food environment, physical activity and tobacco freedom. The Excellence recognition is a goal that they have been dedicated to reaching for more than three years. Congratulations to both!

Nineteen hospitals were also acknowledged for achieving or maintaining Gold status in at least one area of the WorkHealthy Hospitals initiative. This is the highest recognition for achieving healthy standards: a Gold Star for tobacco cessation, Gold Medal for physical activity and Gold Apple for nutrition. Two hospitals maintained their Gold Medal level and 14 hospitals maintained their Gold Star level for one year or more. Additionally, five new Gold level awards were achieved this year.

The WorkHealthy Hospitals initiative has completed its third year in partnership with Prevention Partners and partially funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), having touched more than 40 hospitals statewide and currently impacting nearly 20,000 employees. Our goal is to help hospital leadership in identifying and implementing permanent system improvements to policies, environment, benefits and overall culture to support employees in improving their health. Hospitals are able to set a healthy example for their communities by “making the healthy choice, the easy choice.”  Hospitals conduct an easy-to-use free online assessment of their workplace wellness in four areas: wellness culture, nutrition and food environment, physical activity, and tobacco cessation, for which they receive scoring in each area indicating their level of achievement.

For information on how to make your hospital part of the WorkHealthy Hospitals initiative, contact Sydney Tomlinson, coordinator, (405) 427-9537 or

Excellence Hospitals:

Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, Sulphur
Mercy Watonga Hospital

Hospitals Maintaining Gold Status:

Gold Medals for Physical Activity
    Arbuckle Memorial Hospital
    Mercy Hospital Watonga
Gold Stars for Tobacco Freedom
    Duncan Regional Hospital
    INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center
    INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center
    INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital
    INTEGRIS Cancer Institute of OK
    INTEGRIS Grove General Hospital
    INTEGRIS Health Edmond
    INTEGRIS Mental Health
    INTEGRIS Miami Hospital
    INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center
    Lakeside Women’s Hospital
    Mercy Hospital Watonga
    Okeene Municipal Hospital
    Valir Health

Hospitals Receiving New Gold Status:

Gold Medal for Physical Activity
    Duncan Regional Hospital
    Valir Health
Gold Star for Tobacco Freedom
    Arbuckle Memorial Hospital

Gold Apple for Nutrition/Food Environment:
    Arbuckle Memorial Hospital
    Mercy Hospital Watonga

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