Stockton Hospital Program Addresses Employee Health Risks
Dameron Hospital in Stockton has established the Workforce Health Initiative, a program for area employers to identify and work to eliminate employee health risks, the Stockton Record reports. The program, which began in October, allows area companies to address the health risks of their employees and potentially reduce health insurance premiums and increase productivity. Employees are screened for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body fat and complete confidential personal health profiles. Dameron staff members use the data to provide employers with a workforce health profile, an analysis of health risks and an analysis of potential cost savings based on reductions in employees' health risks. "From here, we encourage the employer to engage with Dameron by partnering with our health professionals and our service lines," Scott Galbraith, employer-relations specialist at Dameron Hospital, said. Both private and public companies have participated in the program, which Dameron underwrites, the Record reports. "Double-digit increases in health-care premiums affect everyone. We believe that our Workforce Health Initiative is a solution to a piece of this very complicated issue," Galbraith said (Goldeen, Stockton Record, 2/23).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.