OAKLAND — Garrett Regional Medical Center was recognized among 58 Maryland employers for exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. The hospital recently received the bronze award at the annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium.
The Wellness at Work awards are sponsored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses, the state’s initiative to support healthy workplaces. Any Maryland employer who is a member of Healthiest Maryland Businesses is eligible to apply. Recognition criteria are based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workplace Health Model.
Applicants are asked to describe activities and share examples of policies and tools in the four areas of assessment — planning, management, implementation and evaluation. Employers may earn a gold, silver, bronze or On the Path award based on their activities to establish leadership support for wellness, create wellness committees, survey the needs and interests of their employees, set health improvement goals and develop monitoring tools to track their outcomes over time.
“We continue to make many positive strides in our employee wellness program that includes free wellness assessments, weight loss challenges, smoking cessation classes and health education,” said Vice President of Human Resources Laura Waters. “With more than 500 employees, I am really proud of our entire team in earning this recognition and all of the efforts that go into creating a safe, healthy workplace.”
Launched in 2010 and based at the Maryland Department of Health, Healthiest Maryland Businesses helps businesses create customized wellness plans, set wellness goals and monitor progress. To learn more about services or membership, visit https://www.healthiestmdbusinesses.org/.