Holy Name Medical Center
Holy Name Medical Center’s nurses embrace their roles as caregivers, sharing their expertise, compassion, and commitment to our community. At Holy Name, we believe it is just as important to embrace these same people, who live our mission every day. Holy Name offers numerous opportunities for employees to improve their health and enhance their quality of life, so they can perform their jobs in a supportive environment, while also feeling like a valued member of our team.
We launched our Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge during our celebration of National Nurses Week in May. Our CNO/Vice President of Patient Care Services, Sheryl Slonim, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC, APN-C, announced our Champion Partnership in person during our annual luncheon to honor nurses and the entire patient care team. Nurses Marissa Brown and Susan Olson explained the details of Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) to an enthusiastic crowd. Dr. Slonim also encouraged nurses to join the Challenge in a special e-mail message sent to all. She consistently keeps the Challenge on our radar by having information posted on our Intranet’s main page and the Nursing Department’s home page. From the excitement this has generated, we are thrilled to have already reached our commitment goal of having 10% of our nurses join the Challenge!
We began our journey to becoming healthier nurses with the 5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie Challenge, committing to eating at least five servings of fruits and veggies each day for 10 days and then onward. We moved on to the Curb Our Sweet Tooth Challenge and are looking forward to taking on the Hydration Challenge to ensure our nurses drink more water. We also created our own challenges: Our One Flight Up, Two Flights Down Challenge encourages taking the stairs instead of using elevators. Last month members of HNHN participated in our annual Walk for Mom, a breast cancer awareness walk-a-thon that raises money to provide free mammograms for low-income women in the community.
With the health of our employees being a priority, Holy Name offers these other wellness opportunities, not just for nurses but for all employees:
- Multiple health fairs throughout the year that engage and enlighten employees
- Free annual wellness screenings, including BMI measurements and blood work
- Free flu vaccines
- HNH Fitness, Holy Name’s off-site multifaceted fitness center, which offers medically based and supervised services with the amenities of a traditional gym
- The LiveWell Six-Month Weight-Loss Program, during which employees meet weekly with a family medicine physician
- An on-site fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and personal trainers
- A diabetes prevention program
- The Healthy Rewards program, which allows employees to accumulate LiveWell points that can be redeemed for gift cards or healthy prizes. This one is our employees’ favorite!
Our Food and Nutrition Services Department offers many healthy food choices, not only in our employee cafeteria but in our Patio Bistro, which accommodates all shifts. Menu items marked “mindful” alert employees to healthy options, which include vegan and vegetarian meals. Even our vending machines stock healthy choices!
As a Champion partner and member of HNHN, we at Holy Name Medical Center look forward to weaving even more healthy options into our daily lives as we do our part to transform the health of our nation by improving the health of our nurses.
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