The state's largest health professions university, which is dedicated to educating tomorrow's healthcare team, is being honored for its attention to its employees' health.
The Phoenix Business Journal has selected Midwestern University's Glendale Campus as one of the Valley of the Sun's Healthiest Employers for 2011, citing 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 conducts a quarterly survey that tracks overall health based on six dimensions of wellness and allows employees to earn extra vacation hours based on reaching their own personal goals. 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. MWU 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 newly-opened Midwestern University Eye Institute.
Midwestern University will be among the honorees at an awards breakfast on February 24th and will be featured in a special section of the Phoenix Business Journal on February 25th.