The University of Michigan and the U-M Health System recently received two awards for wellness efforts. This spring, U-M was named among the 2015 Healthiest Employers of Southeast Michigan. The university also earned an Edington Next Practice Award in Quality Assurance.
"Our mission is to motivate and empower our faculty and staff to improve their health and quality of life," says LaVaughn Palma-Davis, senior director of the university's health and well-being services.
"To be recognized for our efforts toward this goal, both locally and nationally, is a great accomplishment. We couldn't have done this without the many wellness champions, leaders and individuals throughout the university who have helped to make the U-M a healthier workplace."
For the second consecutive year, U-M has been named one of the Healthiest Employers of Southeast Michigan. This award measures wellness programming in six categories and recognizes companies around the state whose policies, programs and cultures create healthy employees and healthy workplaces.
Winners were chosen in two regions, Southeast Michigan and Greater Michigan. U-M won in the 5,000+ employees category.
The award is presented by Health Alliance Plan in partnership with the Crain Content Studio – Detroit. Selection was based on an objective analysis of the university's wellness program and company culture by Healthiest Employer LLC of Indianapolis.
With this recognition, U-M is now a finalist for the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America Award, which honors employers of all sizes, industries and regions across the country. Winners will be announced in September. Last year, U-M placed at 55.
The Edington Next Practice Award recognizes organizations that are actively engaged in the pursuit of a healthy, high-performing workplace and work force. Nominees were considered in each of five core pillars: Senior Leadership, Operational Leadership, Self-Leadership, Recognition and Rewards and Quality Assurance.
U-M was one of only three organizations nationally recognized, winning in the Pillar V, Quality Assurance category.
The award is presented by Edington Associates LLC, in conjunction with CBIZ Employee Services, a division of CBIZ Inc.