RICHMOND, VA – 6-4-15 – The Virginia Center for Health Innovation’s 2015 Game Changer award in Employee Health was presented today at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s health care conference in Richmond. The Virginia Center for Health Innovation’s mission is to “accelerate the adoption of value-based healthcare in Virginia” so it launched its Game Changer award last year to recognize Virginia businesses that have implemented outstanding value-driven employee health strategies. The award-winning strategy must engage employees in health care decision-making, improve employee health, and improve the value of the organization's investment in employee health.
“Today we celebrate those Virginia employers that are leading the way by implementing outstanding employee health strategies. “ said Beth Bortz, President and CEO of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation. “They are actively creating and sustaining a culture of health for their employees. They are partnering with other like-minded organizations to leverage their investment and impact. They are measuring their impact – using both quantitative and qualitative indicators – to ensure that they are making a significant difference in the health of their employees. Simply put, they are changing employee health for the better.”
Finalists for this year’s award included:
- Bon Secours Virginia: Employee Wellness
- Nova Medical Group: Vibrance 180
- Sentara: Mission Health
- Virginia Beach Fire Department: Peer Fitness Trainers
Each finalist was recognized for their innovative programs that motivate, educate, and engage their employees in a culture of health. Each finalist was also able to provide data that demonstrated improved employee health outcomes and in several cases, a reduction in health care costs for the organization. For this year’s winner, data was the key to victory.
The judging panel for the award included:
- Sharon Brigner, PhRMA;
- Elizabeth Whalley Buono, MeadWestvaco;
- Andy Corsig, PhRMA;
- David Ellington, MD;
- Doug Gray, Virginia Association of Health Plans;
- Sec. William A. Hazel, Jr. MD, Secretary of Health and Human Resources;
- William Murray, Dominion;
- Bernie Niemeier, Virginia Business Magazine; and
- Chas Roades, The Advisory Board
Andy Corsig, Deputy Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America - the award’s sponsor - presented Bon Secours Virginia Health System’s Cindy Stutts with this year’s award. Robert Powell, editor of Virginia Business Magazine – the award’s media sponsor – congratulated Ms. Stutts on the accomplishment. Bon Secours Virginia Health System will be recognized in a full-page ad in the July issue of Virginia Business magazine.
Bon Secours Virginia Health System saved more than $14 million in the last year and experienced greater than 6% reduction in health plan expenses as a result of their winning employee wellness program.
To learn more about all the finalists for this year’s award, visit: 2015 Game Changer Finalists