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Creighton University Honored by UnitedHealthcare for Creating a Winning Culture of Wellness

WellnessUnitedHealthCare recognized Creighton University for its long-standing successful workplace wellness program that has improved the health and well-being of its employees.

Creighton University was one of 10 companies across the United States presented with UnitedHealthcare’s “Well Deserved” award for its wellness program that produced a culture of better health in the workplace. As a result of being a three-time Well Deserved award winner, Creighton earned a “Leadership Award,” which recognizes employers for sustained results in helping employees improve their health and well-being.

Nationally, Creighton University has been at the forefront of employee wellness initiatives, especially among employers in the field of education. Creighton has provided comprehensive, evidenced-based wellness resources for its employees and implemented creative benefits strategies based on the unique needs of its workforce. The university has effectively managed health care costs by developing a strong partnership with wellness vendor Healthbreak, Inc.

Almost 80 percent of Creighton employees participate in an annual online health assessment and attend a health screening to analyze their overall level of well-being. Creighton uses the aggregate data obtained from these sources to prioritize the needs of its workforce, evaluate the program’s success and look for areas where there is opportunity for improvement. Based on the results from these activities, the university develops a three-year strategy focused on creating cultural and health awareness campaigns, skill-building challenges, and healthy lifestyle and behavioral programs that touch all aspects of employee well-being.

“For more than a decade, Creighton University has successfully demonstrated how an organization can support its employees’ desire to improve their health and well-being,” said Rob Broomfield, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual in Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa. “Employees with access to wellness programs continuously see a positive impact on their health, and employers also benefit from enhanced morale, increased productivity, lower absenteeism and lower medical costs.”

“Creighton is blessed to have talented employees who serve our mission and impact our students,” said Janel Allen, associate vice president for Human Resources at Creighton University. “It is important that we make the health and well-being of our employees a priority so they feel good about themselves and are inspired to serve others. Our partnership with Healthbreak and UnitedHealthcare enables us to build on our positive culture of health.”

This is UnitedHealthcare’s ninth year of recognizing employers who demonstrate a commitment to improving their employees’ health and well-being through innovative wellness programs. UnitedHealthcare worked with an external broker review panel to review and judge all Well Deserved award applicants.

A recent analysis by UnitedHealthcare demonstrated that employees of Well Deserved award winners showed positive health care decision-making in many key areas including wellness and preventive screening compliance, selecting appropriate places of care, and using care providers that rank highly in terms of quality care and cost-efficiency.

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