Stephanie Pierce, The new Wellness for Life Coordinator at Pullman Regional Hospital
Jan 21, 2016
Stephanie Pierce understands what it’s like to start living a healthy life. She committed herself four years ago to eating healthy and moving every day and as a result she lost 80 pounds.
“It’s a lifestyle change,” she said. “But it’s worth it.”
Pierce, who was hired in January, will oversee the employee wellness program, which includes program development, evaluation and eventually expansion of the Wellness for Life program to the community.
The Wellness for Life program is in its third year at Pullman Regional Hospital but this is the first year it’s been tied to employee health insurance. Employee participation has increased by more than 80 percent from last year.
She is excited about being in her new role and the increase in employee participation in the program. She said this year is more of a launch year with her primary focus on managing the increased enrollment in the program. Since starting, she primarily has been working on getting people signed up on Viverae, the online employee assessment and tracking tool and preparing for the Employee Biometric Event on February 2 & 3.
“That’s what I’m here for,” Pierce said. “So I want staff to send me an email or call me and I will help them get set up.”
“I’m looking forward to what next year will bring,” she said. “It will be great to hear stories of success and the impact the program has.”
Pierce wants to remind people that she cannot view any personal, individualized health information.
“I can only see aggregate information on staff which we’ll use to help identify areas of concern and develop educational campaigns on these specific health concerns, like high blood pressure.”
The mother of four children says she is here for employees as a guide but she “feels the pressure” to be a role model. “I’m the donut coordinator for my church, so I buy them every week, but I swear I don’t eat them,” she said.