Published on August 31, 2009 at 9:40 AM
Ardent Health Services has selected Bravo Wellness to provide health assessment and wellness incentive services to its 6,500 employees. In addition to improving employee health and productivity, the partnership has the potential to reduce the company’s overall health care costs, including out-of-pocket expenses for employees.
As part of the three-year agreement, Ardent will supplement its current wellness efforts by offering employees the opportunity to participate in an online health risk assessment as well as blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, tobacco and body mass index screenings. Participating employees will receive a discount on their monthly health insurance premium contribution while those who meet certain screening criteria will qualify for additional deductions.
“As a provider of both health care and health insurance services, we see tremendous value in engaging employees in the wellness process from the very beginning,” said Neil Hemphill, Ardent’s senior vice president of human resources. “Partnering with Bravo will allow us to better manage our overall health care costs while providing a meaningful benefit that can positively impact our employees’ health as well as their wallets.”
Bravo’s corporate wellness programs provide employers with an average annual savings of nearly 10 percent. While only three in 10 employees participate in traditional wellness programs, Bravo’s programs provide financial incentives that increase employee participation. Most Bravo clients experience an average of 92 percent participation.
“We are thrilled to work with a premier provider of health services such as Ardent,” said Jim Pshock, president of Bravo Wellness. “We have found that with many companies, it is not enough to have wellness tools. With meaningful incentives, employees adopt lifestyles and behaviors to sustain good health. We are pleased to supplement Ardent’s wellness tools with our results-based wellness incentive solutions to assist them in effectively managing rising health care costs.”