SOMC receives gold level healthy worksite award

Published 10:28 am Thursday, January 7, 2016

PORTSMOUTH — Southern Ohio Medical Center has been recognized by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Healthy Ohio Business Council (HOBC) for their outstanding healthy worksite practices, receiving the Gold Level Healthy Worksite Award for 2015.

The Healthy Worksite Award recognizes Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. All applicants are reviewed and evaluated by members of the HOBC, and winners are recognized at either the Gold, Silver, or Bronze level.

A total of 68 Ohio employers were named healthy worksites for 2015.

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“Poor nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and alcohol and drug use limit our potential to be productive Ohioans. This is why a comprehensive approach to preventive health and wellness at worksites is an essential part of improving both the health of Ohioans and the overall success of our state,” Dr. Mary DiOrio, medical director of the ODH, said. “Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award winners are leading the way in this effort by creating healthy work environments for their employees.”

Applicants are scored on how well their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity, and ensure a healthy work environment.

“In terms of health and wellness, SOMC strives to be the leading example not just to our employees, but for other employers and the community,” April Sanders, manager of SOMC Employee Health and Wellness said. “We work to encourage a healthy community that will result in our children and their families living long and happy lives. We’re glad to be making strides both in and outside our workforce.”

The Healthy Worksite awards are sponsored by Provant, a leader in population health management strategies and customized worksite wellness services that support employee well-being and productivity and healthcare cost containment. For more information about the Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award program, please visit