For the fourth year in a row, ChristianaCare, Union Hospital has earned the Gold Level Award from Healthiest Maryland Businesses for its Work on Wellness program for its employees. Healthiest Maryland Businesses is a collaboration of Maryland businesses that seeks to improve health through worksite wellness efforts.

“Receiving this award for four straight years underscores our sincere commitment to the health of our caregivers,” said Neil Jasani, M.D., MBA, FACEP, chief people officer at ChristianaCare.

“By investing in wellness, we are helping our caregivers make positive changes in their lives that will not only benefit them, but also our community. It is extremely rewarding to witness the remarkable impact this program has had within our organization, and we will continue to support a culture of wellness in the workplace.”

The Healthiest Maryland Businesses Wellness at Work Awards Program highlights wellness initiatives that meet the components of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Workplace Health Model. These components include performing a workplace health assessment, planning and implementing the program and program evaluation.

The Work on Wellness award-winning program at Union Hospital includes:

  • An on-site fitness center with showers.
  • A lactation lounge for breastfeeding mothers.
  • Dedicated resources with a budget and staff support.
  • Promotion of healthy choices through policies and workplace culture.
  • Leadership support for the program.

Union Hospital joined ChristianaCare in January 2020. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, caregivers at Union Hospital have participated in ChristianaCare’s wide range of programs to support caregivers including prepaid childcare services, paid lodging for caregivers unable to self-isolate at home safely and allowing caregivers to work from home when possible. ChristianaCare’s Center for WorkLife Wellbeing provided peer support and virtual access to a well-being psychologist as well as programs to help caregivers maintain healthy habits including exercise, mindfulness meditation and sleep.