Mak­ing work­ers’ health a pri­or­ity

Sut­ter Davis Hos­pi­tal aims to make em­ploy­ees hap­pier to help make pa­tients hap­pier

Modern Healthcare - - BEST PLACES TO WORK 2016 - All sto­ries by David Royse

HOS­PI­TAL WORK­ERS can fall into a cou­ple of un­healthy ex­tremes. Some might be worn out and stressed—on their feet all day mov­ing from pa­tient to pa­tient, with lit­tle time to de­com­press. Oth­ers might have the op­po­site prob­lem, not mov­ing enough as they plug away at a desk job, wor­ried about their heart health and their weight.

Sut­ter Davis (Calif.) Hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ees can go right out­side and ad­dress ei­ther prob­lem.

Those who fear their ris­ing cor­ti­sone lev­els as they bounce through a stress­ful shift can head to the med­i­ta­tion gar­den, built to en­cour­age staff to take a few min­utes for re­lax­ation. Those who worry about the ef­fects of more seden­tary work can keep mov­ing past the gar­den to the hos­pi­tal’s half-mile walk­ing path.

If that’s not vig­or­ous enough, there are ex­er­cise equip­ment sta­tions along the path­way and em­ploy­ees can also use the hos­pi­tal’s ex­er­cise fa­cil­ity.

Sut­ter Davis is the win­ner of Mod­ern Health­care’s in­au­gu­ral Health­i­est Award for providers and in­sur­ers, which rec­og­nizes em­ploy­ers that pro­mote well­ness within their work­force through ac­cess to fit­ness pro­grams and fa­cil­i­ties, the struc­ture of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ben­e­fits plan, and a cul­ture that pro­motes a healthy work-life bal­ance.

The hos­pi­tal ranks No. 28 over­all on Mod­ern Health­care’s list of Best Places to Work in Health­care.

The hos­pi­tal takes ad­van­tage of its lo­ca­tion near an agri­cul­tural area just west of Sacra­mento, hold­ing a farmers mar­ket to en­cour­age healthy eat­ing. The mar­ket also sup­plies the hos­pi­tal with fresh pro­duce, said Don­ald Hart­man, the hos­pi­tal’s direc­tor of hu­man ser­vices.

Hart­man said pa­tients are ob­vi­ously the pri­or­ity at the 48-bed acute-care hos­pi­tal, but em­ploy­ees have an equal foot­ing.

“If you take care of your em­ploy­ees, it’s go­ing to carry over to the pa­tient side,” Hart­man said. “If our em­ploy­ees are happy and healthy, we’re go­ing to get great pa­tient sat­is­fac­tion.”

Sut­ter Davis work­ers stop for a quick work­out at one of sev­eral ex­er­cise sta­tions along the groomed walk­ing path on the hos­pi­tal’s campus.

Health­i­est Award fi­nal­ists Providers/in­sur­ers

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