Virgin HealthMiles Client OhioHealth: Prevention-Based Employee Wellness Contributes to Multi-Million Dollar Healthcare

Mon Oct 3, 2011 10:38am EDT

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  BOSTON, MA, Oct 03 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
OhioHealth, a network of five hospitals in Central Ohio with more than
15,000 employees, is applying innovative, prevention-based strategies to
combat a widespread business threat: rising healthcare costs. In line
with industry data showing healthcare spending is 10 percent higher for
hospital employees than for general employee populations(1), OhioHealth
has taken steps to support employees with largely-preventable conditions
like obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes that were driving up their
healthcare benefits costs. In 2006, OhioHealth rolled out its
comprehensive "OhioHealthy" initiative to address these issues, but
needed a physical activity component to better engage employees, provide
validated data on the program's impact and automate what had been a
manual-based effort. In 2009, OhioHealth introduced Virgin HealthMiles to
help accomplish those key objectives. 

    Today, OhioHealth associates are nearly 10 percent more physically active
than the average US adult. These improvements are mainly driven by Virgin
HealthMiles' Pay-for-Prevention(TM) approach that lets associates earn up
to $500 annually for becoming more physically active, and making better
health and lifestyle decisions. And importantly, with this program, along
with efforts to help associates be better consumers of their healthcare,
OhioHealth's healthcare costs are under control. 

    "OhioHealth has held its medical plan premiums costs flat for nearly five
years mainly as a result of our focus on wellness and prevention and
consumerism strategies," reports Lisa Meddock, benefits manager for
OhioHealth. "We've also recognized more than $14 million in medical
insurance savings since the inception of the OhioHealthy initiatives and
consumerism strategies, including the popular Virgin HealthMiles program
for our associates." 

    View Free Webinar on OhioHealth's Best Practices in Curbing Healthcare
 Meddock shared best practices about how OhioHealth created an
internal culture of health and lowered healthcare costs as part of a
webinar entitled, "Measurable Results: Employee Health Programs for the
Healthcare Industry." Meddock was joined on the webinar by Virgin
HealthMiles executives, Jennifer Turgiss, Vice President Health
Management, and Alan Larson, Healthcare Vertical Director; the group
discussed the impact of lifestyle-related disease in the healthcare
industry and how to measure the results of behavior shifts in employee

    This webinar event was recorded and is available to view in its entirety
by clicking here.

    About Virgin HealthMiles
 Virgin HealthMiles provides technology-based
employee health programs that pay people to get active. The company's
Pay-for-Prevention(TM) approach, based on physical activity and healthy
lifestyle change, attracts an average of 40 percent of employees who
participate, which helps organizations reduce medical costs and improve
employee productivity and satisfaction. Over 120 industry leaders
representing more than 700,000 employees across the U.S, including
American Diabetes Association, OhioHealth, Ochsner Health System, MWV,
SunGard, SunTrust, and Timberland have selected Virgin HealthMiles'
award-winning program for their employees. The company is a member of Sir
Richard Branson's Virgin Group. For more information, visit 

    (1)Thomson Reuters study, Sicker and Costlier: Healthcare Utilization of
U.S. Hospital Employees -


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