Wiregrass Newsroom: Southeast Alabama Medical Center Kicks off Employee Wellness Program

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) -- Employees at Southeast Alabama Medical Center kicked off a new way living Tuesday.

SAMC unveiled Wellness Works, a healthy living campaign for its 2500 employees.

Arriving at work employees at SAMC were greeted with a warm smile and an apple.

The apple was just a part of the kick off for Wellness Works, the initiative to get employees to live healthier all around.

"A part of our mission is to provide health and wellness to our community that we serve, for us to effectively do that we really need to start with our employees," said Rick Smith, vice president of Marketing and Public Relations.  "We expect our employees to really set the example and we want to give them the tools they need to stay healthy so they can provide better care for all of our patients."

Hospital officials say the program can also help employees physically and emotionally at work.

As well, financially employees could have lower healthcare costs.

"I think this is great, I think this is way past due, and I think this is going to get us to where we all need to be," said Lesa Ingram, an employee at SAMC.

Wellness Works began with a walk in the employee parking lot, but officials say they hope this program runs away with success.

SAMC will provide free lab work for their employees.

They will also provide individual wellness coaches to help each employee develop specific healthy changes.