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Wyndham Honored by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
In all industries, employee healthcare disparities have a big impact on the reputation of a company and the costs of healthcare on a national level. In the hotel industry, Wyndham Worldwide is doing its part to reduce the number of healthcare disparities by providing its employees with a comprehensive health and wellness program and recognizing the impact that this plan has on its workers.
Last week, Wyndham was the only hospitality company invited to the White House to receive the National Business Group on Health Award for Innovation in Reducing Health Care Disparities in 2011. William Skrzat, senior vice president, compensation and benefits at Wyndham Worldwide attended a special roundtable discussion and spoke about the future opportunities and potential challenges companies of all sizes face to further reduce health care disparities.
(Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., presents the Health Award for Innovation to William Skrzat, senior vice president, compensation and benefits at Wyndham Worldwide.)
In an announcement about the honor, Mary Falvey, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, Wyndham Worldwide, said, "We are thrilled to be invited to the White House and representing our company and industry in discussing a topic that impacts not only the health and wellness of employees, but the overall cost of health care across the nation. Our culture at Wyndham Worldwide is based on our ‘Count On Me!’ service philosophy, and we take pride in our associates knowing that they can count on Wyndham Worldwide to provide the support and resources they need to live healthier lives."
At the event last Tuesday, Skrzat gave those in attendance a run-down of Wyndham's "Be Well" associate wellness program. Started in 2008, the program takes a holistic approach to associate health and wellness, addressing physical, emotional, and financial wellness through a comprehensive offering of benefits and special initiatives and resources, with many services available at low or no additional cost to the associate.
"Be Well may have started as a health program, but in the past four years, has quickly become a part of our culture,” says Skrzat. “It’s now just a part of who we are as a company, and with the support of our executive leadership, has enabled the program to continue growing and delivering great results for our associates as well as the company’s bottom line.”
Joining Wyndham Worldwide at the White House were representatives from Aetna, American Express, Cigna, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, H.J. Heinz, Pitney Bowes (in partnership with UnitedHealthcare), and Verizon, who also were previously honored by the National Business Group on Health as recipients of its annual Award for Innovation in Reducing Health Care Disparities.
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