Mission Health Workforce Wellness Program Named one of Top 48 in America by the National Business Group on Health’s Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Program

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (September 27, 2017) – Mission Health has been ranked by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) as an employer with one of the country’s best workforce health and well-being programs, as recognized by their Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® initiative. This places Mission Health among an exclusive list of only 48 U.S. employers that received the 2017 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award presented at the National Business Group on Health’s Workforce Strategy 2017 Conference. Mission Health was awarded a Gold award for 2017, which denotes that it has excelled at developing and sustaining practices of holistic well-being and related metrics for its team members. The National Business Group on Health is a highly respected, non-profit association comprised of 425 large employers based in Washington, D.C.

The Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® recognition has acknowledged progressive employers whose innovative wellness programs have served employees, families and communities for the past 13 years.  Mission Health has earned a place on this esteemed list for 2017. This award also means that Mission Health invests in supporting the physical, emotional, social and financial health of its team members, and that team member engagement has played a prominent role in its success.

Wellness trends that the NBGH observes in winners include opportunities for team members to physically move throughout their workdays, learn about good nutrition and work on a tobacco-free campus. The award program also allows employers to share their strategies for success and outcomes pertaining to their wellness programs.

Laurie Stradley, Director of Wellness at Mission Health, is gratified by the award, because it means Mission Health’s efforts to extend both benefits and knowledge to team members is making a difference. “It is so very rewarding to know that our initiatives to maximize the physical and emotional health of our Mission Health family members – and to do that by way of evidence-based and creative means – signifies that we are a truly progressive workplace, and one that has the best interests of our workforce and community at heart,” she says.

“Employee satisfaction and engagement is fueled by many different factors,” adds Sheila Meadows, Vice President, Human Resources, Mission Hospital and System Talent Management. “We now know that good health encompasses more than just the physical health of a team member; it also extends to their emotional and spiritual lives, as well as those of their families and the community-at-large. This award is tangible encouragement to us to continue developing and implementing activities, practices and philosophies that promote team member wellness, and that caregivers deserve care too.”

Brian Marcotte, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, commented: “We are delighted to recognize Mission Health for their innovative approach to employee, family and community health and well-being. Mission Health is among an elite group of employers who are embracing well-being as an important part of their workforce strategy and working to construct a culture that promotes productivity, engagement and happiness. We congratulate Mission Health and their leaders.”

Mission Health and all awardees were formally recognized at an awards ceremony at the Workforce Strategy Conference on September 26th in Austin, Texas.

For more information on the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards of 2017, go to bestemp.businessgrouphealth.org/bestemployers/.


Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. For the fifth time in the past six years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company and part of IBM Watson Health in 2017. We are the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.

About the National Business Group on Health®

The National Business Group on Health is the nation’s only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers’ perspective on national health policy issues and helping companies optimize business performance through health improvement, innovation and health care management. The Business Group’s mission is to keep its membership on the leading edge of innovation, thinking and action to address health care cost and the delivery, financing, affordability and consumer experience with the health care system. Business Group members, which include 73 Fortune 100 companies, provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit businessgrouphealth.org.

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