Midwestern University, home to Arizona's largest medical school, has been recognized for its employee health initiatives by the Phoenix Business Journal for the third consecutive year.
The publication ranked Midwestern University's Glendale Campus as one of the Valley of the Sun's Healthiest Employers (Midsize Firms) for 2013. Last year, the University was similarly honored, as the Phoenix Business Journal cited Midwestern's "outstanding health and wellness program" and the University's "innovative strategies" for maintaining a healthy workforce.
Midwestern University's health and wellness programs are designed not only to promote employee health and serve as a positive example for health professions students, but to motivate employees to pursue their own well-being with enthusiasm. The University offers a health and wellness facility for all members of the MWU community that encourages them to find the right level of exercise, from handball courts to specialized fitness classes. Each member of the faculty and staff is encouraged to use a company-provided pedometer, track their steps daily, and earn cash awards based on the their level of activity, up to $300 annually. The University also recently conducted an extensive series of biometric screenings to help measure overall wellness, which complements a quarterly self-survey which can earn employees raffle prizes. Health lectures, walking and biking clubs, and weight management programs on campus also help fulfill the wellness mission.
In addition to award-winning internal programs, Midwestern University also extends health and wellness efforts to the community at large. Midwestern faculty members regularly present lectures and discussions for the monthly Community Health Lecture Series at the Foothills Library in Glendale. Midwestern University's Glendale Campus is also the site of three specialty clinics that offer quality comprehensive medical care: the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic, the Midwestern University Dental Institute, and the Midwestern University Eye Institute.
Honorees for the Valley's Healthiest Employers were featured in a special section of the Phoenix Business Journal on March 22, 2013.