Awards & Recognition


Creighton Wellness
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Omaha, NE 68178



Workplace Health Achievement Award

Workplace Health Achievement Award

2018 Workplace Health Achievement

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Well Deserved Leadership Award

Well Deserved Leadership Award

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Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative

Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative

Creighton University is Recognized as a Leader amongst Tobacco Free Campuses

The Tobacco Free Campus Initiative (TFCCI), a national effort to engage all campuses and universities in implementing 100% smoke- or tobacco-free policies, has recognized Creighton University with their Graduate Campus Designation. This is the highest recognition level for the TFCCI Challenge.  Campuses can enter the Challenge at the Graduate level ONLY if they have implemented a 100% tobacco and vapor-free policy, and only have exemptions based on the American Non-Smokers' Rights Foundation's criteria.

We are proud to have received this prestigious recognition as a result of our Tobacco Free You policy, which prohibits all forms of tobacco use, including all forms of traditional smoking tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (aka e-cigarettes). Thank you to ALL University faculty, staff, and students who help make us a leader in this arena, and to the TFCCI for your recognition!

Commitment to Employee Health

Commitment to Employee Health

Creighton University was once again recognized for their commitment to employee health. The University has been working with Healthbreak, a worksite wellness company who has managed the program since 2005. Together, the partnership has driven successful outcomes and a healthier campus, which for nearly a decade has brought Creighton into the forefront as a leader in employee health. 

On Tuesday, August 5, Creighton University’s Human Resources Director, Tammy Biggs, collected both the Vision and Innovation Awards at SimplyWell’s annual conference. The awards were announced the evening before at the client appreciation dinner hosted by SimplyWell.

Innovation Award Highlights

Creighton began offering a scaled down version of the SimplyWell program in 2006 with no incentive for enrolling. They obtained an 8% participation rate. Through a well thought out annual strategy, great administration, leadership support, communication and meaningful incentives, they have steadily increased enrollment to 78% of their population in 2014. 

  • They were early adopters of the online Rewards Store in order to reward participants who engaged in program offerings with points which translates into dollars to spend at specific thresholds.
  • Focused on early detection and prevention, they partnered with SimplyWell’s lab services to run an additional Hemoglobin A1c test on participants whose glucose levels hit a certain threshold and provided targeted communication and programming for those that qualified.
  • They added a traveling trophy competition between departments to help increase annual enrollment. The two lowest departments increased by 19% and 24% respectively from the 2012-13 to the 2013-14 program years.
  • In 2012, they tighten efforts around tobacco by requiring participants to be tobacco free in order to receive the enrollment reward. Tobacco users could participate in a tobacco cessation class in order to receive the reward later in plan year. 

They also implemented an enrollment reward requirement that all participants must view a “Do You Know Your Score” webinar to help employees after their health screening to take the next step towards health.   

Together, the partnership with Healthbreak has driven successful outcomes and a healthier campus, which for nearly a decade has brought Creighton into the forefront as a leader in employee health. Many thanks go to the Wellness and Benefits Committees; Tom Lenz, Ph.D., for his innovative programming; and to all the wellness champions across the campus!


The 2015 Light of Wellness Award Recipients:

Amy Mayer

Laura Dailey

Past Creighton University Light of Wellness Award Winners


Jan Madsen


Dr. Gintaras Duda


Jennifer Yee

Crystal Rundell


Geri Moore


John P. Schlegel, S.J.

Dr. Anthony Bull


Micki Brandt

Patricia Eppenbaugh

Jeff Branstetter

Dr. Tom Lenz


Darin Jensen

Jan Maloney


Dr. Joan Eckerson

Larry Gillick, S.J.


Joan Lanahan

Alice Smith


Mary Conway

Patsy Nowatske


Kathleen Lee

Karen Stenson


Arnette Payne

Joleen Richwine

Kizer Light of Wellness Award

Kizer Light of Wellness Award

The purpose of the William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Award is to recognize employees who have made a change in their personal lifestyle resulting in positive outcomes as well as individuals who have proved to be instrumental and inspirational in promoting and advancing the wellness of others.

The CU Wellness Council would also like to recognize employees who have made significant changes in their lifestyles, helped to inspire and lead others to make positive changes in their health and wellness. We encourage all employees to consider nominating themselves or a deserving colleague for this award.

Award Winners will be invited to attend the WELCOM William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Award Dinner that is held in the fall of each year. 

The 10th Anniversary WELCOM Light of Wellness Awards video

For more information and a nomination form for the 2012 Kizer Light of Wellness Award, please contact Micki D. Brandt by email at

Other Awards