Online Program

Healthy Hospital Initiative at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Monday, November 2, 2015

Stephanie Pelligra, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Donald Camp, Family Services and Emergency Services, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Lurie Children’s Healthy Hospital Initiative, created in 2006, supports the health and wellness of our patients, visitors and employees. This comprehensive, employee led initiative facilitates innovative, low-cost programming throughout the hospital. Lurie Children’s believes the health and wellness of our employees and providers directly impacts the care we are able to provide to patients. We have made a commitment to creating a healthy work environment through internal partnerships with food services, environmental services and facilities, human resources, and employee benefits. Through the committee’s work, the hospital has committed to several national campaigns focused on the wellbeing of the employees, patients and visitors of our hospital including Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). 

The HHI has implemented biannual health fairs, monthly wellness seminars, biweekly boot camp classes, and competitions for biking to work. In 2014, employees biked over 1747.05 miles in one week as a part of our bike to work challenge. Over 400 employees participate in the health fairs. Employee health plan members are identified as high, medium or low risk and the health plan outreaches to offer coaching and health management tools. Of the members identified as high or medium risk in the prior period, 40% achieved a shift to a lower risk category. In 2014, over 80% of beverages sold in the cafeteria and 60% of patient menu items met nutritional criteria set by PHA. The Lurie Children’s HHI has supported an environment of health and wellness for its employees, patients and visitors.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe the employee wellness program at a large pediatric academic hospital. Demonstrate the positive impact of an employee led wellness program on a hospital environment. Design a grassroots, employee led health and wellness initiative.

Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Workplace

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 6 years of experience working in public health research, program formation and evaluation, and management. In my current role of project manager, I am responsible for managing many projects across the hospital including achieving medical home certification, development of a telemedicine program, and co-chairing the employee wellness program. Among my interests has been the formation of creative programs focused on the health and wellness of employees, patients, and family members.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.