Reaping the Benefits: Focusing on Health and Wellness
The Town of Gibsonville’s first wellness fair in 2007 identified an employee’s elevated blood pressure. The employee was taken immediately to the hospital. That’s when the municipality’s human resources officer knew she was onto something. With a heart attack or stroke averted, May Hill began focusing on health and wellness initiatives that could not only benefit employees – and save lives – but positively impact the town’s bottom line, too.
“One of the first big investments we made was having an on-site nurse several hours a week. Not only were employees increasingly focusing on their health, but both absenteeism and workers’ compensation claims notably decreased,” said Hill. “Even after paying for all the costs associated with our nurse, we saved $13,000 that first year alone.”
Today, the Town of Gibsonville uses their on-site nurse for vaccinations, health screenings, drug testing, minor illnesses and more. Also, employees have access to nearby Cone Health Employee Health & Wellness clinics and an employee assistance counseling program, both of which are fully covered by the town as well.
Human Resources Officer
Over the last few years, the Town of Gibsonville has achieved nearly 100% participation in their annual Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy Outcomes Program where employees accrue points toward paid time off for completing no-cost health and wellness activities. The cost savings from this program are reinvested into a Healthy Lifestyle Reimbursement Program, which can be used for gym membership, Weight Watchers and more. In addition, the town has an active health and wellness committee and newsletter, nutritional counseling, lunch and learns, walking trail maps and even a “fruit of the month” initiative featuring local farm fresh produce.
“As a town, it’s our responsibility to be good stewards of citizen’s tax dollars and to support our employees, who appreciate prompt access to no-cost health care and medical professionals as needed,” concluded Hill. “Our relationship with Cone Health has been a win-win for us.”