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.
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.