OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma is commonly regarded as one of the unhealthiest states in the nation. With overall healthiness consistently ranking at the bottom of the list, the Oklahoma State Department of Health is recognizing Mercy hospitals and clinics for going above and beyond when it comes to healthy employees.
Launched more than a decade ago, the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Business Program recognizes businesses that strive to improve employee health. To be certified, businesses must meet specific criteria; including providing employee health screenings, workplace health and nutrition education, opportunities for physical exercise activities, management support for healthy workplace environments, tobacco use prevention activities, and sharing wellness activities within their respective communities.
The program offers three award levels: Basic, Merit and for those organizations meeting the highest standards, Excellence.
10 Mercy hospitals and facilities earned the excellence certification this year, including:
Three other Mercy hospitals and facilities earned the merit certification, including:
Since 2004, Mercy has continually made the Certified Healthy Oklahoma list, launching employee Healthification initiatives including weight loss and tobacco cessation programs.