Putting the Health Back in Healthcare
November 27, 2013
Hosted by Susan Doherty
Companies can benefit greatly by elevating the health of their workforce. They will not achieve the highest level of success without focusing on the wellness of their human capital. Illness does damage throughout an organization. Direct costs are higher healthcare and pharmaceutical utilization and absenteeism due to poorly controlled chronic conditions and disease, such as depression, obesity and diabetes. Underlying costs are even higher. Lost productivity, presenteeism, reduced employee engagement and diminished customer care all lower shareholder returns. It’s time to deploy the full cycle of the healthcare spectrum. Healthcare providers, patient and medical insurers can follow the lead of employers who are building cultures of health. We need an interrelated integrated approach. Educating patients on self-care and effective uses of the healthcare system to improve their health status, early interventions and improved well-being are all important pillars. This is Population Health.
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Our show is designed to help employers understand the complex issues surrounding employee wellness programs. We take deep dives into specific program offerings to learn how and why they work. We look at ways to improve employee engagement and get them excited about wellness as a way of life. We talk to employers about best practices and hear from experts on healthcare reform and legal issues. We cover absenteeism, productivity, incentives, disease management, fitness, stress, ergonomic design and more.
The health of our nation is no longer about personal choices. Obesity and diseases affect us all. They also affect the bottom line of all businesses, large and small. Creating a culture of health in the workplace is no longer optional, it is essential to a healthy balance sheet. Health programming need not be expensive. Failure to actively participate is costly.
My goals are to inform, enlighten and sometimes entertain you. Let’s make a difference in our world today!
Susan Doherty’s goal is to get everyone moving towards better health. She previously managed the wellness programs for a restaurant chain with up to 50,000 employees nationwide. There she implemented premium incentive programs, biometric screenings, activity based pay-for-prevention and employee coaching programs. She also managed a corporate gym, weight loss programming, anti-smoking campaigns and national health discounts. Susan was also the onsite ergonomic program manager for up to 800 corporate employees.
Susan holds a Human Resources Certification from San Diego State and is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist and a passionate health coach. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, currently sits on the Board of Directors of NAWBO-SD and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management. She is a past board member of the Corporate Health and Wellness Assoc. and past winner of the Corporate Wellness Leadership Award through CHWA, a past presenter at their national conference and other wellness conferences.
Her businesses include The Healthy Well, a corporate wellness company, Working Wellness Solutions and Action Ergonomics. She and her associates help your company with all aspects of your health and wellness programs from design consulting to 'feet on the ground' management at your sites. They are employee focused and budget conscious. Susan is a passionate speaker and available to speak to any size group.