WorkHealthy Hospital Spotlight features Norman Regional Health System

Posted on: 2/22/19

NRHS President & CEO Richie Splitt (right) with the 2018 Spirit of Wellness award winner.
Nominees at the 2018 ceremony.
Norman Regional Health System (NRHS) is the next hospital to be featured in the regular WorkHealthy Hospital Spotlight series. This series features various hospitals in the WorkHealthy Hospitals (WHH) initiative, a grant program of TSET. Featured hospitals’ efforts encompass the spirit of employee wellbeing and stand out from the crowd.

What sets them apart…

NRHS has shown how thoughtfulness and recognition can transform seemingly small actions into meaningful and memorable experiences. The hospital system created a peer-nominated “Spirit of Wellness” award for their “healers.” NRHS refers to their employees as healers as a part of their focus on team excellence. Healers nominate those who make healthy living a priority and help facilitate a culture of wellness within the hospital. There are seven categories in which a healer can be nominated. These categories encompass physical activity, nutrition, leadership, community involvement, and emotional wellbeing. Healers can be nominated more than once and in more than one category.

Every quarter, the NRHS wellness committee selects three healers out of all award nominees. Annually in August, the wellness committee then announces one of those awarded healers from each quarter to be the annual Spirit of Wellness award winner. Since the Spirit of Wellness inception in 2013, there have been 65 healers who were nominated and six healers who won the annual Spirit of Wellness award.

Award recipients receive a wellness prize basket, a plaque, and an honorary reception with their co-workers, family, and friends. Additionally, recipients experience system-wide recognition through many forms of communication. The time and energy put into this recognition clearly demonstrate the importance and support of wellbeing among all NRHS healers.   

In response to winning the 2018 Spirit of Wellness award, the award recipient said, “I just wanted you to know how grateful I am for the wellness recognition. I think it is very important for the Norman Regional staff and the community to have examples and standards to a healthy life. I’m so glad to win the award, but all the nominees are winners.”

For information on the WorkHealthy Hospitals initiative, contact Sydney Tomlinson, OHA health improvement initiatives specialist, (405) 427-9537,