Monday, May 7, 2012

SVH honored with WALCOA award

Pictured (left to right) SVH President/CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane, Vice President of Human Relations Liisa Janelle, Willow Sherwood, and Education Coordinator Laurie Alexander
  PITTSFIELD – Sebasticook Valley Health (SVH) recently received confirmation that the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA) has granted SVH with its highest designation, the Platinum Well Workplace Award, for excellence in employee wellness initiatives. The WELCOA Platinum Well Workplace Award recognizes organizations for their commitment to employee health and well-being. SVH is the fifth platinum winner in the state to receive a platinum designation from WELCOA.
   “What was initially a mechanism to reduce health insurance claims has become a robust employee health and wellness program that permeates the culture of our organization,” said Victoria Alexander-Lane, SVH President and CEO. “For SVH to achieve this level of excellence in employee workplace health shows that wellness is attainable for any business: if we can do it, any company can.”

   “For SVH to receive the highest level of excellence in workplace wellness programming is impressive and demonstrates their commitment to protecting and enhancing the health and well-being of their most valuable asset – employees,” Willow Sherwood, Director of the Wellness Council of Maine remarked.
  In 2006, SVH received the WELCOA Bronze award for workplace excellence. In 2010, SVH received the WELCOA Gold designation. In 2011, SVH introduced an occupational medicine service by launching SVH WorkHealth, which provides occupational health services (testing, workplace injury management, and consultations) to area businesses.
  “The WELCOA recognition is a stamp of approval that SVH understands the culture of workplace wellness and employee health,” noted Alexander-Lane.

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