Mercy Hospital Ardmore earns WorkHealthy Hospitals Excellence award

Posted on: 4/18/18

At the WorkHealthy Hospitals Excellence Award presentation are, left to right: Melinda Sharum, executive director human resources, Mercy Ardmore; Daryle Voss, president, Mercy Ardmore; Tina Norton, wellness coordinator, Mercy Ardmore; and Sydney Tomlinson, WorkHealthy Hospitals coordinator, Oklahoma Hospital Association.
WorkHealthy Hospitals (WHH), an OHA initiative, has awarded Mercy Hospital Ardmore with the WHH “Excellence Recognition” for having implemented the most effective level of culture that supports employee wellbeing.

Mercy Hospital Ardmore was 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.

“Mercy Hospital Ardmore demonstrates that a healthy, positive work environment can be achieved by any organization that recognizes that their employees are valued and their most important asset to achieve their mission,” states Joy L. Leuthard, OHA health improvement initiatives manager. “They have successfully set a high standard of wellbeing by prioritizing the improvement of their culture of health/wellness for their employees. This success is built upon their innovative ability to interface WHH sustainable infrastructure changes with Mercy Hospital Ardmore’s own employee wellness initiative/activities, enhancing both efforts together. Their commitment to employee wellbeing then impacts the quality of patient care. OHA is honored to partner with Mercy Hospital Ardmore.”

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.

For information on how your hospital can be part of the WorkHealthy Hospitals initiative, contact Sydney Tomlinson, WHH coordinator, at OHA, (405) 427-9537,

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