Greenspring Among Top 40 Healthiest Workplaces in DC Area

The Washington Business Journal has named the Springfield retirement community as a 2015 Greater Washington Healthiest Employer

(Springfield, Va.) - Greenspring retirement community has been named one of Greater Washington’s Healthiest Employers of 2015 by the Washington Business Journal (WBJ).  Each year, the WBJ honors employers in the region who support healthy lifestyles in the workplace and  recognizes organizations that promote the health and well-being of their employees.  This year, Greenspring is among the top 40 organizations in the D.C. metro area to receive this honor.

“It is an honor for Greenspring to be recognized for the exceptional health and wellness programs and benefits offered on campus,” said Tamika Mitchell, Director of Human Resources at Greenspring.  “We know the importance of providing employees with a healthy working environment and how critical that environment is to the success of our overall mission; providing superior care and service to the residents who call Greenspring home.” 

Staff recently participated in a Breast Cancer Awareness walk at Greenspring.

Greenspring encourages participation in employee health and wellness programs on campus by offering benefits and activities that support a variety of health needs.  One of those benefits includes access to an on-site Employee Health and Wellness Center (EHWC) where employees can see a Nurse Practitioner during work hours.  The EHWC plays an important role in keeping Greenspring’s employees healthy by providing onsite acute care and  preventative health checkups, as well as allowing employees to schedule appointments, receive referrals, and complete lab work without ever leaving campus. 

The community also regularly spotlights specific health conditions and takes action to help employees stay healthy through a variety of informational discussions, activities, and challenges, such as providing annual flu shots, coordinating walking challenges, and partnering with Weight Watchers.  Additionally, the community promotes a monthly health focus; whether it’s heart health in February, men’s health in June, or mental health in December, employees can learn about ways to keep their minds and bodies well all year. 

Greenspring also provides a variety of options for healthy eating right on campus, as well as access to an online tool detailing the nutritional values of daily menu items. The community is even home to a farmer’s market throughout the summer months.

Greenspring’s robust health and wellness programs help to attract and retain employees, increase awareness of health-related issues, reduce personal health care costs, and support a positive environment for addressing health concerns.

Facts and Figures:

  • Greenspring reports an 82% flu vaccination rate for employees.
  • Greenspring has been a smoke-free community since December 2010 and continues to offer a free smoking cessation program for all employees.
  • Greenspring’s Wellness Reward Fund program allows employees to claim up to $250 annually for expenses related to staying healthy, such as expenses for gym memberships, weight loss programs, and fitness equipment.
  • Greenspring offers a Health IQ Check including measurements on blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, vision screening, and BMI.
  • Greenspring employees walked over 1000 miles during the community’s most recent community walking challenge.
  • Participating employees in Greenspring’s Weight Watchers program have lost over 250 lbs. in under six months.

ABOUT GREENSPRING:
Greenspring, one of 18 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 58-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of whom reside in the community’s 1404 independent living apartment homes.  At Greenspring, over 200 resident-run and resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.