Success Stories

Over time our members have seen significant returns on investments in wellness. Here are some of their statistics and feedback:

Iowa Health Des Moines

Iowa Health Des Moines had this to say: “For the past 12 years, it has been an honor to be nationally recognized as one of “America’s Healthiest Companies.” The Well Workplace Award establishes our renewed commitment of a supportive environment for our employees. The Well Workplace process has provided for us a framework to strive for the best and to continually evaluate our processes. It serves as a constant reminder of the fundamentals of worksite wellness. As a result our programs continue to gain insight as we move forward to achieve our highest priority – our employee’s health and well being.”

Ottumwa Regional Health Center

Ottumwa Regional Health Center has seen a 25% decrease in absenteeism for those participating in the wellness program compared to those individuals who do not participate. Workers compensation claims have also declined from 205 claims in 2001 to 154 in 2003. The decrease in claims can be directly attributed to the implementation of an ergonomic/lifting program that was introduced in 2001. Ottumwa Regional Health Center has a 98% participation rate in the health risk assessments. This has increased from 62% the first year of the program in 1997.

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc

A conservative savings of $47,000 in medical costs and productivity costs from 25-30 smokers kicking the habit each year based on the Healthmetrics analysis measures was found at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Consistently, they have approximately 25-30 new participants in their Cut Out Tobacco program who have quit smoking.

EMC Insurance Companies

EMC Insurance Companies found that employees that do not use the EMC fitness facility average 4.83 STD days compared to employees that exercise more than 12 times per month who use an average of 2.4 STD days. EMC has a 56% participation rate in its worksite wellness program. As compared to a statistically matched group of non-participants, participants in the 2001 Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield Health Incentive Program:

  • Avoided, on average approximately $800 in medical and pharmacy expenses per person;
  • Avoided, on average approximately $400 in medical costs related to chronic lifestyle conditions per person.
  • Decreased total sick leave by 17 hours per person.
  • Saved the company a total of $265,250.
  • In a 2003 survey, 61% of respondents reported increasing their activity and 56% reported eating more healthfully as a result of participating in Health Matters programs.

Mary Greeley Medical Center

Mary Greeley Medical Center experienced a 106% increase in participation in their wellness profile initiative in FY 04. Implementing the Health eStrategies online health risk appraisal made it simple and quick for employees to complete the HRA at home or work. Another factor contributing to this success was the linkage of wellness profile participation to the organization’s Gain sharing program. This program rewards staff members based on hospital-wide performance as measured by improvements in patient satisfaction, quality of care, and financial stability. A participation rate of 75% was needed to meet the Gain sharing goal and ensure a financial payout to all employees.

Drake University

Drake University focuses on monitoring the impact of wellness on employee health care claims. In 2002, the average cost per wellness participant who made claims on the PPO plan was $425.24. The cost per non-wellness participant on the same plan was $554.55. For the HMO plan in 2002, the average cost per wellness participant who made claims was $1,217.40 as compared to 1,266.65 per non-wellness participant.Drake University has also seen tremendous participation in their programs. 88.8% of employees participate in one or more programs provided. Nearly 85% of faculty and staff participate in the annual wellness screening and 38.7% participate in the screening plus at least one other program.

Principal Financial Group

An extensive study conducted at Principal Financial Group found that medical claims for employees who regularly exercised were up to $724 less than those who did not regularly exercise. Also, losses from absenteeism were lower in terms of dollars for exercisers who lost an average of 20.9 hours compared with lost worktime of 36.63 hours for nonexercisers.Principal Financial Group found that regular exercisers tended to have worked at the company longer (10.94 years) than those in the nonexercise group (9.32 years). Exercisers also had higher performance ratings in which employees are rated in a 1-4 scale for work performance.