Wellness is the key to every success that Baptist Health employees enjoy – whether it’s the ability to care of our patients, balance our personal and professional lives or focus on our mission.
The Wellness Advantage mission is to have the healthiest workforce in America. Recognized at the Platinum level by the National Business Group on Health, WELCOA, and the American Heart Association, Wellness Advantage offers comprehensive employee services based on Six Dimensions of Wellness – six important areas in which employees can learn about and take responsibility for their health. The following are some of the programs – many of them are free of charge to employees; others are offered at a discounted price.
Childbirth Education – available at Baptist, South Miami, Homestead and Mariners Hospital, many classes are free or discounted for employees.
Employee Care Hours are held at the Employee Health Offices located at each hospital. You can get free basic medical care if you become sick or injured and can’t see your doctor quickly.
Employee Fitness Centers are located at Baptist, South Miami, Homestead, Mariners and Doctors Hospitals, the Corporate Office, The Business Support Center at West Kendall and a new one at the Town and Country Building. They are free of charge and open 24/7.
Employee Health Offices are located at each hospital campus, providing annual TB tests, flu shots, vaccinations like hepatitis B for those at risk and more.
Employee Pharmacy - features select, frequently used prescription drugs at greatly reduced co-pays for employees and family members enrolled in a Baptist Health medical plan.
Employee Wellness Fairs - Free cholesterol, glucose, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, osteoporosis and body composition screenings, twice a year. Free Blood pressure checks are offered at all entities one a month.
Ergonomics Assistance - Ergonomic specialists identify on-site work safety issues and recommend solutions. An online ergonomics assessment helps employees to determine if their workstation is set up properly and how to adjust it if necessary. The Minimal Lift Program makes patient handling safer, and helps to protect the safety of patients as well.
Exercise Classes - Exercise and fitness classes are available at various on-site locations at a low cost.
Video Library - free exercise videos and DVDs available for weekly check-out.
Exercise Physiologists - available for personal training, by appointment, at all employee fitness centers for a discounted fee.
Family Wellness Fairs - free cholesterol, glucose, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, osteoporosis and body composition screenings for Baptist Health employees and their family members aged 18 and over.
Fitness Orientations/Assessments - learn how to use the fitness equipment and establish your fitness baseline. Available at all employee fitness centers by appointment.
Health Check - works with employees to identify and manage their risk for chronic disease through a health risk appraisal – the Personal Wellness Profile (PWP).
Health Education Programs - Community Health department produces up to 15 health programs a month at 12 locations, offered free to employees and their families
Lactation Education - Support for breast-feeding mothers by lactation specialists at the maternity centers at Baptist, South Miami and Homestead Hospitals.
Massage Therapy - available to all employees at a discount.
Nutritional Counseling - provided by a registered dietitian at a discount. Available for all employees and family members on a Baptist Health medical plan. Ask a Dietitian is an on-line feature on the dedicated Wellness Advantage intranet site where employees can ask nutrition related questions and have them answered by a registered dietitian.
Return to Work - helps employees find a job within Baptist Health if they are unable to return to their original position due to an illness or injury.
Smoking Cessation - Baptist Health offers a variety of programs to help employees kick the tobacco habit, including reimbursement for stop-smoking aids to help employees quit and stay tobacco-free.
- TRIUMPH - A medically supervised, customized stop smoking program including replacement therapy, offered by our Employee Health department, free of charge. Open to immediate family members as well.
- The Elusive Addiction - A six-week program available at South Miami and Homestead Hospitals. Free for employees.
- Small-group Counseling - Offered by Wellness Advantage staff, all of whom are certified stop smoking counselors. Free of charge and also available one-on-one.
- The Mayo Clinic Tobacco Quitline - Smoking cessation counseling over the phone, including replacement therapy. Free for employees, discounted rate for immediate family members.
Weight Loss - Weight Watchers at Work is available at five locations throughout Baptist Health with reimbursement of fees for successful weight loss. Winning at Weight Loss is a four week program taught by a registered dietitian that addresses portions, meal planning and more.
Wellness Advantage Meals - The healthiest meal and best value in the cafeteria. This meal has less than 600 calories with less than 30% of those calories coming from fat, and includes a bottle of Baptist Health Spring Water for only $3 plus tax.
Wellness Advantage Vending - Over 50 percent of choices in all Baptist Health vending machine are healthy choices and are identified as "Peppy's Picks". These healthy choices cost 25 percent less.
Wellness Coaches - dedicated to each entity, wellness coaches provide health education, motivation and referrals to Baptist Health programs and services.
Employee Wellness Educators - Registered nurses provide answers to health questions and concerns and support for employees with chronic medical conditions.
Health Information - Free health information is available at health resource centers at the Baptist Medical Arts Building, Baptist Medical Plazas at Westchester and Doral and at Informed Families of Miami-Dade County.
Packet Program - Packets of information and education on Smoking Cessation, Fitness, Resiliency, Weight Loss and Pregnancy/Adoption are available to all employees on request.
Wellness Advantage Newsletter - published quarterly, this newsletter highlights wellness champions whose lives have bee positively impacted through wellness.