Independent Group Home Living Program Honored

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IGHL Senior Director of Human Resources Doris Geier
IGHL Senior Director of Human Resources Doris Geier

The Independent Group Home Living program (IGHL), Long Island’s premier agency providing services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and one of the largest employers on the East End of Long Island, is pleased to announce that their innovative Health is Wealth program for employees has received the 2014 Edington Next Practice Award.

IGHL competed in the Great Beginnings category and joins other award recipients for this prestigious honor including Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; and McCormack and Company, Hunt Valley, Md.

Each year, Edington Associates, named after Dee Edington, Ph.D. professor of the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center, works with organizations to develop healthy and high performing workplaces. The awards recognize organizations that are actively engaged in the pursuit of a healthy, high-performing workplace and workforce. As the public and private sectors seek new approaches and solutions to solve the country’s health care crisis, the Next Practice Awards highlight companies that demonstrate unique approaches to improving the wellbeing of workplaces and employees and excel in innovation and initiatives.

“We are so delighted to receive this national award,” says IGHL Senior Director of Human Resources Doris Geier, who spear-headed the development of IGHL’s Health is Wealth program 10 years ago.

“For a not-for-profit to be recognized alongside some of the top public and private companies in the country for our innovative Health is Wealth program is thrilling.”

“This ongoing commitment to wellness would not be possible if it were not for the support of senior management and our board of directors.  They have been involved since the inception of the program by first, realizing the importance of employees’ wellness, and then taking the necessary measures to secure the appropriate resources,” Geier added.

The Health Is Wealth program provides an increased incentive for IGHL employees by understanding health risks, living smoke-free and taking preventative steps to stay healthy.

By participating in the Health is Wealth program, employees are given the opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle and earn points that will reduce their health care costs in the health care plan offered by IGHL.

“We are excited that IGHL has been nationally recognized with this great honor,” adds Walter Stockton, CEO of IGHL. “The program’s tremendous success is because of the incredible teamwork in place that ensures that the Health is Wealth program runs smoothly. It is our mission to continually improve the health and wellness of our employees, who make IGHL the remarkable company that it is.”

Applicants for the 2014 Edington Next Practice Awards were asked to complete a pre-qualification survey to ensure that they met minimum criteria across all of the five pillars of an effective wellness strategy. Applicants who passed this survey were then required to submit a description of their initiative. Judging consideration included enterprise effort and participation, organizational resources dedicated to the initiative, engagement rates, and outcomes such as employee satisfaction, health and wellness improvements, and productivity.

IGHL and the other honorees will be featured in a series of webinars sometime in the third quarter of 2015 to showcase its award-winning program.

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