Press Releases: Northern California
August 19, 2011
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Named Healthiest Employer in Sacramento Business Journal Survey
Health Care Organization’s Live Well Be Well Program Offers more than 250 Services to 68,000 Employees and 7,000 Physicians in Northern California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente Northern California has been named the healthiest employer among large employers in a survey published by the Sacramento Business Journal.
The survey is the first of its kind by the Sacramento Business Journal, and the top honor in the “mega” employer category, is a testament to Kaiser Permanente’s Live Well Be Well program, a workplace-wellness effort dedicated to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the health care organization’s 68,000 employees and 7,000 physicians throughout Northern California.
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Richard Isaacs, MD, physician in chief at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. "We are dedicated to being the best place to work and we are committed to improving the health of the entire community. Being the best requires having the staff that feels supported and inspired about leading a healthy life. Our employees are our greatest ambassadors for good health, and this award is a testament to their efforts to live well.”
Live Well Be Well offers more than 250 services aimed at promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of employees and physicians. The program leverages Kaiser Permanente’s clinical excellence and health-promotion expertise to provide both on-site and online services, which include everything from preventive screening to wellness coaches, as well as walking/running programs and classes on cooking, weight-loss and physical fitness.
"We are committed not only to improving the health of our patients, but also the health of our employees and physicians," said Edward S. Glavis, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento and Roseville. "It's phenomenal to see so many of our staff participate in physical activities, whether it's Zumba classes after work, or lunchtime walks with coworkers around the hospitals.”
Earlier this year, Live Well Be Well was honored with gold certification in the 2011 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards presented by the National Business Group on Health. Kaiser Permanente is also a past recipient of the California Fit Business Award, which recognizes and celebrates innovations and excellence in creating a healthy workplace environment.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.8 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to www.kp.org/newscenter.