The MetroHealth System was recently honored with the Integrated Benefit Institute’s (IBI) 2017 Enterprise Health Management & Business Performance Award, which recognizes leadership in the area of health and productivity, and honors an employer that has worked with its employees to develop, implement and measure the impact of an innovative health strategy.

“MHS is a shining example of a public healthcare system that knew its responsibility extended beyond the patients it serves to include the health and wellbeing of its employees,” said Dr. Thomas Parry, IBI’s President. “With all of the necessary resources already available to promote healthy choices and improve health outcomes among patients, MHS was able to optimize the health of their workforce simply by recognizing it as a priority.”

Eileen Seeholzer, MD (pictured above with Dr. Parry), medical director of the MetroHealthy initiative, accepted the award on behalf of MetroHealth and presented during the forum. She outlined how employee wellness efforts have resulted in a positive shift toward healthier behaviors, especially in the areas of nutrition, exercise and stress management, as well as a reduction in sick leave and other cost savings for the System.

This is the second time in less than six months that MetroHealth has earned recognition for healthy workplace efforts. The Ohio Department of Health and the Healthy Ohio Business Council recently awarded MetroHealth a Healthy Ohio Gold Award.

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