Posted: October 28, 2016
Row Ph Healthy Workplace Award 2016
GRH's Jennifer O'Brien, Candice Weber, Kathy Popaleni and Katie Ronholm accept the award on behalf of the hospital.

For the past seven years, the Region of Waterloo’s “Healthy Workplace Awards” program has recognized and celebrated workplaces in Waterloo Region who have demonstrated a strong commitment to improved health for their employees. Organizations can be awarded at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

On Thursday, October 27th, for the second consecutive year, Grand River Hospital has been named a Gold Award recipient for the “Healthy Workplace Award” by the Waterloo Region Public Health’s Project Health campaign. You can read more about GRH's award here.

GRH was recognized for its work in establishing a healthy work culture for its employees through a number of initiatives including:

  • Smoking cessation supports
  • Employee flu immunization
  • Wellness challenges
  • Support for breastfeeding mothers returning to work
  • Access to a respectful workplace consultant
  • Random Acts of Wellness baskets
  • Student massage program

“In medicine Primum non nocere (first do no harm) is a guiding principle; Grand River Hospital has extended that principle beyond the patient to its employees so that we do not harm the mental or physical health, nor the safety or well-being of our employees.  In fact it is our goal to not only ensure no harm to our staff, but look at ways that an employee’s wellbeing is improved by being part of the GRH team,” said Jennifer O’Brien, Vice President of Human Resources.

GRH is proud to have received this award again, and looks forward to continuing to implement wellness activities and initiatives for our staff.