Working 12-hour shifts can be brutal on one’s health, so Norman Specialty Hospital ensures its employees are not only taking care of patients but themselves.
As the Corporate Wellness Award first-place winner, the hospital naturally sports all the bells and whistles when it comes to a health-conscience workplace, including free, regularly scheduled exercise classes; employee fitness contests; and stress-relief initiatives, to name just a few.
Personal fitness is a priority. Along with providing a fully equipped facility on-site, all hospital employees, from the top down, have the daily opportunity to take a paid 30-minute exercise break.
The hospital staff is dedicated to making their health and wellness programs as integrated as possible, says Jamie Harp, payroll and benefits coordinator.
“A lot of people feel awkward working out in front of their administrator; ours comes and works out with us,” says Harp. “We want people to feel comfortable and come out and enjoy it.”
With exercise should come a solid diet plan, so the hospital offers free consultations with a dietitian.
In the future, hospital officials hope to incorporate more mental stress-relief programs. A program called “Laughter with Yoga” is currently in the planning process, Harp says.