Self Regional Healthcare CEO Jim Pfeifer leading the pack during a monthly bike

Self Cares

Self Regional Healthcare CEO Jim Pfeifer leading the pack during a monthly bike
Self Regional Healthcare has turned its attention to creating a healthier workplace for its employees or “team members” and it shows.
Self Regional Healthcare CEO Jim Pfeifer leading the pack during a monthly bike

Self Regional Healthcare cares about its employees, called “team members,” and it shows.

The Greenwood hospital has been recognized numerous times for its extraordinary ability to create and sustain an engaged workplace culture. A Governor’s Quality Award winner and four-time Gallup Great Workplace Award winner, Self has now turned its attention to creating a healthier workplace for its employees or “team members” at the hospital. They understand that what’s good for the employees is good for the hospital and community and that improving the health of their workforce is a logical way to begin improving the health of the community.

“Of our 5,000 covered lives in our self-insured health plan, we started doing some math and found that we spent upwards of $15 million in health care expenses. Of that, only 285 covered lives accounted for about 85 percent of our health care costs,“ explains Jim Pfeiffer, president and CEO of Self Regional Healthcare.

The plan, called Self Cares, has a 90 percent employee participation rate. To take part in the plan, employees are asked to sign a commitment to wellness. They complete a personal wellness profile, which includes questions about sleep, stress levels, exercise, smoking and drinking, to start getting a baseline of their wellness. Self Regional also does some screening, which includes blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and a chemistry profile measuring glucose, triglycerides, etc. Employees are asked to identify a primary care physician to discourage emergency room visits.

What we are finding is that we are bending the cost curve for team members through the Self Cares plan. It is voluntary with incentives. Your premiums and out-of-pocket costs are lower. We are seeing it work,” said Pfeiffer.

Recognizing that obesity is the largest preventable disease in South Carolina and leads to higher rates of heart and vascular disease, as well as diabetes, Pfeiffer has taken a personal role in encouraging physical activity among his team members.  Each month he hosts “Bike Ride with the CEO,” a six-to-seven mile ride to encourage physical fitness. Employees, as well as anybody in the community with a bike and helmet, are invited to participate.

(from South Carolina Business, May/June 2011 article: “Workplace Wellness: Building a Healthier Employee” by Matthew Gregory)

Your turn.

What are you doing to improve patient care? Advance employee engagement? Lower Costs? Help us promote your innovations.

Share your stories at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/innovationsinpractice.