February 17 2012
Grand River Hospital is pleased to congratulate the staff and management of Raytheon Canada for winning the inaugural healthy workplace award at the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce 2012 Business Excellence Awards. GRH sponsored the award, which included three nominees.
“Good health and a high quality of life depend on a healthy environment at home and work,” said Malcolm Maxwell, Grand River Hospital’s president and CEO. “We’re pleased to support partners in business that help promote a healthy community through their workplace activities, and congratulate Raytheon for promoting health in the workplace.”
GRH sponsored the healthy workplace award to recognize employers that promote, support and enhance a healthy workplace and the efforts of workers to remain healthy at work and beyond.
The award was designed to recognize employers that:
- Demonstrate leadership and innovation in workplace health and the well being of their employees;
- Provide exercise opportunities for employees while at work;
- Promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle, stress relief, healthy food and nutrition, living smoke-free and good health and lifestyle practices overall;
- Protect employees through a safe physical environment; and
- Foster care-giving roles for employees supporting family members facing poor heath.
Raytheon Canada received recognition for healthy workplace activities that include:
- Having all essential components of a comprehensive workplace health program including leadership support, a designated wellness committee with departmental and management representation, an annual plan that drives wellness initiatives, regular evaluation and an annual budget;
- Significant improvement in employee engagement and a visible shift towards a culture of health; and
- Enhancements to counselling services in the company’s employee assistance program.
Raytheon Canada also received a gold level Healthy Workplace Award from Region of Waterloo Public Health in August 2011.
Grand River Hospital is the region’s largest acute care hospital, with a focus on 14 clinical programs and services. These include cancer care, childbirth, children’s services, complex continuing care, critical care, emergency, laboratory services, medical imaging, medicine, mental health and addictions, pharmacy, rehabilitation, renal/kidney care, and surgery.
For more information, please contact:
Mark Karjaluoto, Director of Communications
Office: (519) 749-4300 extension 2788