This year, Springfield Business Journal added company honors to the mix for our annual Health Care Champions awards.
We felt that alongside the individual healers in the industry, teams also were deserving of recognition. Health care is truly a team sport.
The city of Springfield was honored with the Corporate Wellness Program of the Year award and CoxHealth received Provider of the Year at last night’s 10th annual awards.
Accepting the award for Springfield, City Manager Jason Gage said the inBalance program is about valuing employees’ well-being. Among participants, officials have charted a 31% decrease in staff members who show five or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
“We start thinking about wellness and we look at the bottom line and we start to see the cost of our benefits go up … it’s so much more than that,” Gage said. “It’s about being happy and healthy and being able to commit time and energy at work. But it’s also about what you want to do at home – play with your child or your grandchild, have hobbies and feel good about yourself. That’s what it’s about.”
CoxHealth was honored for its role as the largest health system in Springfield with roughly 12,500 employees. It boasts six hospitals, six urgent care clinics and more than 80 other medical clinics in its 24-county service area. That’s worlds away from its humble start 113 years ago providing care out of a duplex.
These group awards go to the heart of the health care industry. The collaborative environment of health care is critical to patient care. Last night, all the honorees took time to thank their co-workers and employers. While it’s common practice at awards to thank colleagues, the sincerity of this group was moving.
Both Dr. Staci Niemoth and Dr. Ashley Popejoy, the night’s Top Doctor honorees, shared that sentiment.
“I am super appreciative of this award, but I really believe it belongs to all of Jordan Valley [Community Health Center],” Popejoy said. “They all work so hard every day to make sure the kids of this community are served in ways that are both innovative and with the highest quality of care possible.”
To the 2019 Health Care Champions and all the healers in our community, thank you for your heroic and compassionate care.
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Don Helms, co-owner of Munchie Moe’s, says it's important to know your business and to think ahead of your supply chain. Helms says COVID-19 has changed the way he has experienced business operation. He says foresight is key.
Janet Susdorf, business consultant and founder of Brain Power for Hire, LLC, discusses the importance of adapting and learning from failure. Drawing from the struggles she has faced in her own life as a sixtime cancer survivor, Susdorf talks about when to fight and when to accept change.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
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Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director at the Discovery Center in Springfield, describes the opportunities the Discovery Center has through partnerships with other educational organizations. Neville-Verdugo says the Discovery Center’s virtual learning program reaches across multiple countries, with traffic mostly coming from the U.S. and Canada.
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager at HR Advantage, says we do see fewer women in the workforce today than before the pandemic. Hurst says many women want more flexible work environments and that is one way employers can capture the female labor force.
Curtis Marshall, CEO of Tie & Timber Beer Company, says he sees work-life balance very differently. When he was younger, he would push himself to take on more and more responsibility, but would stop and put his career on hold for months while living in New Zealand or Mexico, or to start a pet software project. He says he lives by the philosophy of work hard and play hard.
Brent Cochran didn’t think he would become a retailer, but when thinking of ways to keep his young adult son with Down syndrome intellectually engaged, he came across a father and son team that did just that. Cochran, now owner of Al’s Pals Pet Place, says both the needs of his son and his affection for the family dog with a sensitive stomach led him to the world of e-commerce.