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  • Mental Health Breaks, Seriously? May 20, 2019 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - Many of us Wisconsinites have likely heard about Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Cole Madison’s decision to take a “mental health break” from football. Is there anything the rest of us can take from this example. In the month of May, we focus on Mental Health Awareness. The days of “pulling yourself up by your… Continue Reading
  • The importance of healthy employees April 18, 2019 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - Improving the health of employees through employer-based wellness programs has many benefits to the employee and the organization’s bottom line. This article will share four common benefits of having healthy employees that are frequently shared by the Wellness Council of America or WELCOA. First, healthy employees typically will have fewer sick days. Whether a result… Continue Reading
  • Meaningful Difference of an Exceptional Patient Experience March 15, 2019 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - When we go to a restaurant, we expect great service. When we purchase clothing, we expect great service. When we get work done on our home, we expect great service. There is a theme here. Regardless of what we do, we expect great service. When it comes to healthcare, we also expect great service. From… Continue Reading
  • Employee Burnout: Impact and Solution February 15, 2019 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - In 2018, Gallup conducted a study that was published by CNBC stating that 23 percent of full-time employees report they very often or always feel burned out. This burnout accounts for $125 billion to $190 billion in healthcare spending. The increase in healthcare spending is attributed to an increase in diabetes, heart disease, increased weight,… Continue Reading
  • A Community without Healthcare January 18, 2019 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - Nearly 120 years ago, Manitowoc was a growing region with three successful shipbuilding companies, and local business and government leaders asked the Franciscan Sisters to sponsor a hospital. Citizens collected money from private sources, and while far short on needed funding, the hospital was built based on deep trust in God and a mission to… Continue Reading
  • The Engaged Digital Healthcare Consumer December 17, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - The healthcare landscape today is evolving rapidly, including how patients shop for healthcare and services. Embracing digital tools which allow patients to change how they manage their healthcare is vital. In the end, the traditional relationships between patients and healthcare delivery networks or providers is changing at the direction of the engaged digital healthcare consumer.… Continue Reading
  • Importance and Uncertainty of Community Healthcare November 16, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - We can all agree healthcare is complex, yet needed to serve people in all communities. This becomes increasingly difficult given the myriad healthcare networks merging or being acquired. What can be done to ensure healthcare stays in our community? This is an important question for all to discern – more so based on uncertainty with… Continue Reading
  • Local Healthcare Supports a Strong Community October 18, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - The strength of a local community is driven by many factors – a strong job market, great schools, government/business partnerships, diverse industries, stable infrastructure, and recreational and social activities. While we usually associate healthcare to people’s health, access to local healthcare also affects the strength of a community, especially in a rural community. Healthcare in… Continue Reading
  • Achieving an Amazing Patient Experience September 13, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - Quality and cost are commonly discussed as key decision factors when choosing a healthcare network; although it may be patient experience which is the ultimate factor. Cost is based on your insurance plan, while quality is generally expected, leaving patient experience. Patient experience is similar to customer service at a restaurant, hotel or anywhere else… Continue Reading
  • Population Health August 20, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - In recent years, greater emphasis has been placed on population health by both health care networks and insurance companies. Years ago, patients would see their healthcare provider to treat a specific injury, illness or chronic disease (i.e. diabetes, asthma, or heart disease). Now, a greater emphasis is being placed on improving or keeping the population… Continue Reading
  • Who to see for primary care? July 16, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - For most, healthcare is a relationship with a primary care provider. This is typically a patient’s main contact point for annual physicals and most other healthcare concerns. Yet, healthcare is changing. I remember having the same physician as my pediatrician, primary care, and virtually everything else growing up. He gave me vaccinations as a child… Continue Reading
  • Value-Based Payments in Healthcare June 15, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - As a patient, understanding and paying healthcare bills can be challenging and confusing. It is also challenging and confusing how healthcare delivery networks get paid. Healthcare networks and insurance carriers are working toward more processes based on the quality of care delivered. The process of getting paid is ever changing, moving from Fee-For-Service (payment for… Continue Reading
  • Millennials make health and wellness a way of life. May 21, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - Millennials are the largest generation in the workforce — larger than Baby Boomers — and view health care very differently than other generations. Health care and employers must adapt accordingly. To ensure we are on the same page regarding millennials, the following information is from Goldman Sachs to provide a baseline for this generation. Millennials… Continue Reading
  • Heart and Soul Inspired Leaders in Healthcare March 19, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - A heart and soul inspired leader is any individual, regardless of age, regardless of role, regardless of title; who embraces his/her personal gifts, strengths and passions to positively impact others and change the world. Many view leadership as a series of traits such as honesty, humility, grace, authenticity, etc. While each is necessary to be… Continue Reading
  • Health care cost transparency improving. February 19, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - In today’s wired world, we can easily compare products across vendors to make sure we are purchasing the best product at the best deal. Hundreds, if not thousands, of apps and websites can do all the heavy lifting for us — they gather reviews and prices for hotels, flights, restaurants and more, and give us… Continue Reading
  • Healthcare Consumerism Benefits All Entities January 16, 2018 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - Healthcare consumerism is a topic which has been discussed for years. It is defined as putting economic purchasing power and decision-making in the hands of participants – you – and supplying information and tools to make informed decisions which encourage engagement in altering health and healthcare behaviors. In simpler terms, the intent of healthcare consumerism… Continue Reading
  • Humility in Healthcare December 19, 2017 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - It is refreshing to interact with individuals exhibiting humility. People we admire, follow, learn from; and traits we desire for ourselves. Healthcare professionals should provide a great example since they do Jesus’ work. Healthcare has roots in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ – whose birthday many celebrate this month. It is a belief that… Continue Reading
  • Someplace else is right here! October 25, 2017 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - Have you ever heard someone from Manitowoc County say “It’s got to be better because it’s happening in Appleton…or Milwaukee…or Madison.” I’m sure you have. We all have. That’s because it’s human nature to undervalue the community in which a person lives and automatically assume that life and all that goes with it is better… Continue Reading
  • Is there a return on investment for wellness programs? September 18, 2017 Posted in: Blog, Work Well - Most employers have wellness programs, although they vary in breadth and depth. This seems to be based on the organizational culture relative to wellness and determining if there truly is a return on investment for wellness programs. To document ROI and value, a recent study by Health Enhancement Research Organization followed stock performance of 45… Continue Reading