WorkHealthy Hospitals achievements recognized at OHA Convention

Posted on: 11/15/17

OHA was pleased to recognize two WorkHealthy Hospitals (WHH) Excellence hospitals at the OHA Convention & Trade Show on Nov. 2. These leaders received awards for having achieved the highest health improvement level that hospitals can attain by implementing the most effective level of culture that supports employee wellbeing. Valir Health, Oklahoma City, and Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, Sulphur, were acknowledged for reaching the Platinum level in all nine dimensions of WorkHealthy standards: culture of wellness, nutrition/food environment, physical activity, tobacco freedom, emotional wellbeing, financial wellbeing, health risk assessment & outreach, incentives/communication, and evaluation. The Excellence recognition is a goal that they have been dedicated to reaching for more than three years. Congratulations to both!

Bill Turner (center), vice president of human resources at Valir, receives the WorkHealthy Hospitals Excellence award from Craig Jones (left), OHA president, and Jimmy Leopard, OHA 2016-17 board chairman.
Twenty hospitals were also acknowledged for achieving Platinum status in at least one wellness dimension of the WorkHealthy Hospitals initiative.

WHH strives to help hospital leadership identify and implement permanent system improvements to policies, environment, benefits and overall culture to support employees in improving their health. Hospitals conduct an easy-to-use, free, online assessment of their workplace wellbeing in key areas. Once completed, hospitals receive immediate results in each area indicating their level of achievement, improvement recommendations, education offerings, and individualized, tailored consultation from trained and experienced staff. These health leaders understand that to value their employees as their greatest asset means supporting them in their jobs as well as their personal health. In short, satisfied employees are productive, engaged and innovative employees, resulting in quality health care and cost effective health services. In addition, by changing their own culture, hospitals, as community leaders, set the example for their communities by “making the healthy choice, the easy choice.”

Since 2013, the WHH initiative, in collaboration with the South Carolina Hospital Association and with funding from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), has touched more than 40 hospitals statewide and impacted approximately 25,000 employees in Oklahoma.  

Pam Chitwood (center), marketing/PR/auxiliary/wellness coordinator, Arbuckle Memorial, receives the WorkHealthy Hospitals Excellence award from Craig Jones (left), OHA president, and Jimmy Leopard, OHA 2016-17 board chairman.
For information on how your hospital can be part of the WorkHealthy Hospitals initiative, contact Sydney Tomlinson, WHH coordinator, at (405) 427-9537 or

Hospitals achieving Platinum in one or more dimensions:

Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, Sulphur
Duncan Regional Hospital
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City
INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center, Enid
INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital, Yukon
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute of Oklahoma
INTEGRIS Grove Hospital
INTEGRIS Health Edmond
INTEGRIS Miami Hospital
INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City
Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville
Lakeside Women’s Hospital, Oklahoma City
Mercy Hospital Ardmore
Mercy Hospital Watonga
Norman Regional HealthPlex
Norman Regional Hospital
Northeastern Health System, Tahlequah
Okeene Municipal Hospital
Stillwater Medical Center
Valir Health, Oklahoma City     

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