White Plains, NY (September 27, 2012) – White Plains Hospital is reaffirming its commitment to wellness in the workplace this fall with several new initiatives to encourage healthful eating, daily activity and age-appropriate screenings for its nearly 2,200 employees. Following in the tracks of two very successful recent employee wellness activities, The Biggest Loser and Move it To Lose It, the hospital is offering a Be Well Bingo competition this fall to continue to encourage employees to get fit, lose weight and improve their overall health. This spring, over 600 hospital employees participated in the Move it to Lose It competition, walking an average of 168 miles each and losing a cumulative total of 406 pounds during the nine week long competition. Each employee on the team that lost the most total weight received a new I-Pad as a winning prize.
White Plains Hospital has put increasing effort and resources into employee wellness over the past several years to aide staff members in achieving better health by launching activities, healthful nutrition options and online systems to promote self-monitoring of health behaviors. Online health assessments and biometric screenings are also made available to employees throughout the year through the Stellaris Health Living Well initiative. In 2009, the hospital launched Wellness through Prevention month. Held each May, the month features a variety of health promotional programs, lectures and outreach events both within the hospital and out in the greater White Plains community.
“As a leading provider of healthcare services in Westchester County, we feel we have a responsibility to our employees to help them maintain and improve their own health, while they provide top quality care for others,” said John Sanchez, Vice President of Human Resources at White Plains Hospital who oversees the Employee Wellness initiative.
White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center, The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center and The Westchester Orthopaedic Institute. The Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, seeing nearly 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County licensed to perform emergency & elective angioplasty. The Hospital is a nine-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. WPH is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and the Stellaris Health Network, Inc. For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.