Baptist Health and YMCA Offer Employers Program to Improve Health of Their Employees

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Baptist Health and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast have teamed up to help local employers enhance the health of their employees while also helping to increase productivity.

Baptist Health and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast have teamed up to help local employers enhance the health of their employees while also helping to increase productivity.

Baptist Health and the YMCA have developed a personalized, analytics-driven program called PATH – Personalized Approach to Health.

“PATH fills a need in the community by connecting employees to the local resources they need to improve their health and well-being, with a focus on helping people who are at greatest risk for preventable health issues such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stress,” said Hugh Greene, Baptist Health president and CEO.

PATH team members work closely with employers and their benefit consultants to design a medically based program that includes data collection, employee education, aggregate risk analysis, strategy development and results tracking.

“The Y has a long and trusted legacy of advancing the health and well-being of the people we serve. Together with Baptist Health, we will deepen our efforts in supporting corporate wellness, helping even more adults and families in our communities who struggle to adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles,” Eric K. Mann, president and CEO of YMCA of Florida’s First Coast.

The PATH program is flexible allowing companies to use all or parts of the components such as:

  • Health risk assessment and biometric screening
  • Health coaching and care coordination
  • Evidence-based analytics
  • Targeted solutions delivered at the individual level

National studies show that corporate health programs can benefit companies and employees through increased productivity, lower absentee rates, reduced health care costs and fewer Worker’s Compensation claims.

Baptist Health provides medical expertise and the YMCA provides behavior modification expertise while both organizations provide convenient access to services that promote health. Whether a company is self-insured or fully insured, PATH is unique because it allows companies to have access to their own data, which may provide greater continuity of measurement year-over-year. While preserving the privacy of employees, PATH can provide the historical information companies need to address specific factors that can increase health care costs, reduce productivity and cause unnecessary illness.

To learn more about the PATH program, contact PATH experts Erin McLees at 904.202.5378, Erin.McLees(at)bmcjax(dot)com or Jennifer Martin at 904.265.1821 at jmartin(at)FirstCoastYMCA(dot)org.

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About Baptist Health
Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system in Northeast Florida comprised of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South; Baptist Clay Medical Campus and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. All Baptist Health hospitals, along with Baptist Home Health Care, have achieved Magnet™ status for excellence in patient care. Baptist Health includes the area’s only dedicated heart hospital; a cancer center; orthopedic institute; women’s services; neurological institute, including comprehensive neurosurgical services, a comprehensive stroke center and two primary stroke centers; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; a full range of psychology and psychiatry services; outpatient facilities; urgent care services; and primary and specialty care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida. For more details, visit baptistjax.com. For information on Wolfson Children’s Hospital, visit http://www.wolfsonchildrens.org.

About the YMCA
The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is a cause-driven organization which firmly believes that communities thrive when our youth are inspired, individuals make healthy choices and we all join together to help each other and give back to our community. Since 1908, the Y’s family of facilities in North Florida has grown to include 40 school-based child care sites, 15 membership facilities, two centers for people with developmental disabilities, two youth development campuses, one resident camp, and one charter elementary school. The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is recognized among the Y’s national leaders in helping to lead the transformation in health from a focus on treatment of illness to a collaborative community approach that elevates well-being, prevention and health maintenance. Among the organization’s strategic priorities is deepening of our commitment to support corporate health and wellness and serving as a total wellness resource to the First Coast. Learn more: http://www.firstcoastymca.org/

About Corporate Health
Based upon a longstanding commitment to building a culture of wellness and social responsibility within our own organizations, Baptist Health and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast have formed a joint venture, Corporate Health, LLC, in order to provide area employers with targeted solutions that encourage healthy living, with a special focus on helping employees who are at greatest risk for preventable health issues such as obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stress. Our corporate health program, called PATH, is under the medical leadership of Aristides Sastre, MD, a family medicine physician with Baptist Primary Care.

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