In fiscal year 2017, OHA was pleased to honor hospitals participating in the WorkHealthy initiative. This year, three hospitals were recognized for reaching Gold Apple status, which is an achievement that had not yet been accomplished by a hospital in Oklahoma. These Gold Apple hospitals were Mercy Hospital Watonga, Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur, and Duncan Regional Hospital.
Reaching the Gold standard is to achieve the highest standard in worksite wellness for that particular component. These components include nutrition/food environment, physical activity and tobacco freedom.
OHA also awarded three hospitals with the WorkHealthy Hospitals Excellence recognition. This is the highest achievement hospitals can attain within this initiative, with Gold having been achieved in all components. Mercy Hospital Watonga, Arbuckle Memorial Hospital and Duncan Regional Hospital were acknowledged for reaching Excellence. The Excellence recognition is a goal that they have been dedicated to reaching for more than three years.
Nineteen hospitals were also acknowledged for achieving or maintaining Gold status in at least one area of the WorkHealthy Hospitals initiative. The Gold status awards include: a Gold Star for tobacco cessation, Gold Medal for physical activity and Gold Apple for nutrition. Two hospitals maintained their Gold Medal level and 14 hospitals maintained their Gold Star level for one year or more. Additionally, five new Gold level awards were achieved this year.
The WorkHealthy Hospitals initiative has completed its third year with funding from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), having touched more than 40 hospitals statewide and currently impacting nearly 20,000 employees. The goal of WorkHealthy Hospitals is to help hospital leadership in identifying and implementing permanent system improvements to policies, environment, benefits and overall culture to support employees improve their health. Hospitals are able to set a healthy example for their communities by “making the healthy choice, the easy choice.”