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The Idea

fruitThe Issue: Cause and Effect

Facing the rising costs of employee health benefits and the uncertainty of changes in the nation’s healthcare regulations, employers are looking for innovative ways to control costs. Studies show that 75 percent of spending on healthcare costs today is for treating chronic diseases, some of which can be prevented such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, cancer, and obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a major reason for our high healthcare costs is that only 3 percent of our healthcare dollars are spent on preventing diseases. Employers are recognizing the value of investing in wellness programs that promote healthy lifestyle changes and prevent disease. These programs improve the wellbeing of the workforce and reduce healthcare costs.

Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention; American Public Health Association

Investing in Wellness Provides Returns

Studies show that employers can benefit by helping employees improve their health:

  • $3.27 average decrease in healthcare costs for every dollar spent on wellness programs
  • $2.73 average decrease in productivity costs associated with absenteeism for every dollar spent on wellness programs
Source: Health Affairs and Harvard University Dash Repository

Our Unique Advantage

  • Our data-driven approach analyzes how individual, cultural, and organizational factors relate to health conditions and helps each employer see what’s driving the company healthcare costs and how to realize savings. By analyzing a company’s workplace profile, we customize each Healthy Lives wellness program to engage its employees and meet its business needs.
  • We spend time with our clients regularly, which helps us establish the close partnership that is instrumental in designing the right programs to address your company’s unique challenges and provide support you need to be successful.
  • Screenings are conducted on-site making the process efficient and convenient for your employees.
  • We leverage our expertise as a large employer along with our clinical experience to help our clients understand which wellness initiatives will provide the most return on investment; our clients always get the most from our experience and knowledge.
  • Our team of wellness coaches comprises registered nurses and registered dieticians who focus on the unique needs of the individual and incorporate in-person interaction to build in accountability to motivate our members to become healthier.

Wellness programs can lead to:

  • 27% average decrease in absenteeism due to illness
  • 26% average decrease in overall healthcare costs
  • 32% average decrease in worker’s compensation and disability management cost claims
Source: American Journal of Health Promotion

About Us

Healthy Lives is offered by Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and partners with its five hospitals and healthcare providers throughout Louisiana—St. Francis Medical Center, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital. With the clinical expertise of the largest health system in Louisiana backing Healthy Lives, employers can be confident that the advice and care they receive from the Healthy Lives team is rooted in our 100-year tradition of healthcare.

In 2011, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System launched Healthy Lives with its own employees and insured members. Since its inception, Healthy Lives effectively engages members, improves health and quality and saves the organization money.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System has taken a leading role to address the changing landscape of healthcare and is now helping employers and other health systems around the country manage their healthcare costs through its innovative Healthy Lives program.

In June of 2015, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System earned recognition as a Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles for the fourth consecutive year.

This award is given annually by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large U.S. employers. Companies that demonstrate an ongoing commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging their workers and families to pursue and maintain healthy lifestyles are recognized with this award. In addition, the FMOL Health System was awarded the prestigious Surgeon’s General Medallion presented by Dr. Regina Benjamin, US Surgeon General.

According to Helen Darling, Former President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, the Louisiana-based health system is among an elite group of organizations that are leading the way to promoting healthy workplaces and lifestyles.