January 10, 2012

Vanderbilt named one of Nashville's healthiest employers

Health Plus Medical Director Lori Rolando is pictured with Nashville Business Journal Publisher Kate Herman. (Photo by James Yates/Nashville Business Journal)

Health Plus Medical Director Lori Rolando is pictured with Nashville Business Journal Publisher Kate Herman. (Photo by James Yates/Nashville Business Journal)

Nashville Business Journal recognized Vanderbilt University as one of the city’s healthiest employers at an awards luncheon last month.

This is the second year for NBJ’s Healthiest Employers awards program, which measures and ranks local organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace. Vanderbilt won the “large” category ­– 1,000-plus employees – besting Gaylord Entertainment, A.O. Smith and Nissan North America. In 2010, Vanderbilt won the same category.

Some of the programs that contributed to Vanderbilt’s win include four programs offered through Faculty/Staff Health and Wellness:

* Health Plus
Health Plus provides health promotion and prevention services, risk reduction and coaching programs, an onsite fitness facility and the award-winning Go for the Gold program, which offers a wellness credit of up to $240 per year for eligible participants who commit to leading healthier lives and reducing health risks.

* Occupational Health
The Occupational Health Clinic provides prevention programs and monitors exposure to workplace hazards. OHC treats work-related illness and injury through the main clinic and offers Express Care for minor non-work related illnesses.

* Work/Life Connections – EAP
Work/Life Connections – EAP promotes problem solving and stress resilience through group education, individual counseling and performance coaching. It manages the Hardship Fund, which provides financial assistance for faculty and staff through a fund for small, unexpected needs.

* Child and Family Center
Four on-site child care facilities comprise Vanderbilt’s Child and Family Center, which offers quality early childhood education. The family center and the family services coordinator offer assistance and resources regarding families, child care, summer camps, eldercare and more.

Vanderbilt has a strong commitment to the health of its 22,000-plus employees. Free flu shots are offered seasonally as well as skin cancer screenings and check-up stations to measure weight, blood pressure and body mass index throughout the year. Programs to manage weight, quit smoking and reduce stress are regularly offered and promoted. A generous health and dental program for Vanderbilt employees and their families is offered.

Additionally, Vanderbilt’s 330-acre main campus, a designated national arboretum, is marked with walking trails for lunchtime exercise, and campus dining facilities include gluten-free, vegan, kosher, vegetarian and diabetes-friendly offerings.

To learn more about the winners and finalists of the 2011 Nashville’s Healthiest Employers awards, visit the Nashville Business Journal online.