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Ochsner Health System

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The Challenge Create a Measurable Employee Program That Lowers Healthcare Costs & Improves Engagement

Ochsner Health System is a non-profit multi-specialty healthcare system comprised of eight hospitals and 38 clinics located throughout Louisiana. Since 2003, Ochsner had been monitoring its rising healthcare costs and the health of its workforce. The organization had quickly grown to 10,000 employees after several new acquisitions post-Hurricane Katrina. As Ochsner expanded, it became apparent that they needed a more integrated and accessible wellness program to replace the home-grown manual program. Most importantly, with so many entities under their umbrella, Ochsner sought to improve overall employee health and reduce healthcare costs company-wide. This was a major strategic initiative since 8,259 of Ochsner’s employees are part of its ASO (self-insured) group. Ochsner provides a generous premium subsidy to all levels of coverage, employee up to family coverage. As such, engaging employees in taking accountability for their own health in partnership with the company is a top priority. The magic was aligning the medical plan premiums in favor of those who participated in the wellness initiative.

  • “We were blown away by the participation. In a few months, we had doubled participation rates from the previous year and today we have nearly 90% of our eligible workforce participating in the program. Deployment was easy, maintenance is easy, and we have been able to work with our Virgin Pulse team to tailor it to our specific needs.”

    - Dorothy Cain, R.N. System Coordinator, Employee Wellness Programs, Ochsner Health System

  • “It’s extremely rewarding to see so many people improve their health with Virgin Pulse. I receive emails every day about how the program has helped employees
    manage their weight or lower their blood pressure, and I see more and more walking groups during lunch breaks. Many employees have also made new friends
    in other departments or locations thanks to the online community features built into the Virgin Pulse program.”

    - Dorothy Cain, R.N. System Coordinator, Employee Wellness Programs, Ochsner Health System

  • “Our Virgin Pulse program is finally the company-wide wellness program we always wanted, and we are thrilled with the results. We have been able to help our employees stay healthy while putting more money in their pockets and lowering our overall healthcare costs.”

    - Dorothy Cain, R.N. System Coordinator, Employee Wellness Programs, Ochsner Health System