Baptist Health recognized for providing best-in-class employee wellness culture

Jacksonville’s largest private employer awarded platinum-level recognition from the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council.

Jacksonville, FL

For the 10th consecutive year, Baptist Health has been recognized for providing best-in-class employee wellness programs and promoting a culture of health and well-being in the workplace. The health system has received a 2022 Healthiest Companies Platinum Level Award, the highest level of achievement, from the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council.

"We are passionate about promoting health -- and it starts with our people," said Kate McCann, MHRD, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Baptist Health. "We are constantly challenging ourselves to find new and better ways to nurture well-being and resilience in an ever-evolving workplace."

Baptist Health's team member wellness program, Healthy For Life, uses an evidence-based approach to engage, educate and empower team members to optimize their physical and mental well-being. The program continually evolves  based on feedback from team members. A recent enhancement allows team members to choose activities related to their personal wellness goals and earn incentives for adopting or maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Other enhancements over the past year include: 

  • Increased the number of free counseling visits provided by Baptist Behavioral Health to team members and dependents from 5 to 10 visits per year

  • Enabled remote and flexible work options

  • Enhanced nutrition services with a virtual meal planning solution and access to a nutrition coach

  • Implemented a mental wellness program, Encompass, with group sessions to help team members learn strategies to overcome hurdles, increase motivation and self-care, and balance work and life

  • Partnered with a national fitness program to offer discounts at local gyms, as well as access to 4,500+ on-demand exercise videos and coaches for lifestyle modification

In addition, Baptist Health helps area employers implement their own wellness programs with Personalized Approach To Health (PATH), which is designed to help them meet the unique health and wellness needs of their workforce.