Mercy Health shares its employee wellness program’s success

Mercy, named one of the top 5 large U.S. health systems by IBM Watson Health, launched its employee wellness program, the focus was on participation.

case study thumb According to recent studies, health evaluation participants used preventive care 28% more than non-participants (as a percentage of total spend), which led to a higher utilization of outpatient care and a lower utilization of inpatient and emergency care.

When St. Louis-based Mercy Health launched its employee wellness program in 2011, the focus was on participation. The hospital system’s “Healthification” program, which now spans seven states and includes approximately 40,000 co-workers and spouses, has evolved to focus as much on results as participation. Mercy partners with Interactive Health for comprehensive wellness services, and referrals to Mercy’s disease management program.