St. Luke’s receives healthy workplace recognitionIt’s official: St. Luke’s leads the field when it comes to creating a safe work environment.
It’s official: St. Luke’s leads the field when it comes to creating a safe work environment.
That’s according to the American Psychological Association, which has recognized St. Luke’s as one of nine 2013 Best Practice Honorees for the health system’s Safe Patient Handling Initiative.
Steps taken by St. Luke’s Safe Patient Handling Committee helped to reduce worker’s compensation claims and employee injuries for five consecutive years, despite an increase in the total number of employees over the same period.
The award was presented to Human Resources Director Marla Halvorson and HR representative Shawn Burns at a ceremony March 9 in Washington D.C.
“Typically, you are going to see a slight increase with your number of workplace injuries with any increase in the number of employees,” Halvorson said. “A trend like this is really unheard of, and to have some recognition that we are doing something unique is great.”
Over the same five-year period, a reduction in St. Luke’s workers compensation costs has also helped the organization save significantly.
“Those are dollars that go to the patient’s bedside for patient care, which helps us focus on our mission — to put the patient above all else,” said Halvorson.
The national recognition comes one year after the Minnesota Psychological Association presented St. Luke’s with a Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, forwarding St. Luke’s application on for consideration at the national level.
“Forward-thinking employers such as St. Luke’s are taking steps to create a positive work environment where employees can thrive,” says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of association’s Center for Organizational Excellence. “In turn, employees are more engaged and committed to the organization’s success. This shared responsibility for creating a psychologically healthy workplace promotes an organizational culture that values well-being and performance and delivers results on both sides of the equation.”