TAMC claims top APA honors

| March 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs

HONOLULU — The American Psychological Association has named Tripler Army Medical Center a top Psychologically Healthy Workplace for 2013.

Tripler is the first organization within the Department of Defense to be honored with the national award since the program began in 2006.

Each year, only four organizations within North America receive the award. Tripler won in the government/military/educational institution category.

The annual awards are designed to recognize organizations for their efforts to foster employee health and well-being, while enhancing organizational performance.

“At Tripler, we are dedicated to making this hospital and its clinics the best and healthiest workplace possible,” said Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command and TAMC. “To achieve and maintain that reputation, the staff takes care of each other.”

Applicants are evaluated on their efforts in the following five areas:
•Employee involvement;
•Work-life balance;
•Employee growth and development;
•Health and safety; and
•Employee recognition.

“Forward-thinking employers, such as Tripler Army Medical Center, are taking steps to create a positive work environment where employees can thrive,” said Dr. David Ballard, head of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence. “In turn, employees are more engaged and committed to the organization’s success.

According to the APA, psychologically healthy workplaces have lower turnover, less stress and higher employee satisfaction.  TAMC is one of four organizations within North American to be recognized with the top PHWA for 2013. (Graph courtesy American Psychological Association)

According to the APA, psychologically healthy workplaces have lower turnover, less stress and higher employee satisfaction.
TAMC is one of four organizations within North American to be recognized with the top PHWA for 2013.
(Graph courtesy American Psychological Association)

“This shared responsibility for creating a psychologically healthy workplace,” Ballard continued, “promotes an organizational culture that values well-being and performance and delivers results on both sides of the equation.”

Some of the programs and services that make Tripler such an employee-friendly place to work include employee fitness rooms, resiliency classes, on-site day care and numerous training opportunities and benefits, such as tuition reimbursement, which are available to its 4,000-plus uniformed and civilian employees.

“(The programs and services Tripler provides) all around makes for a better, more productive, well-rounded staff,” said Howard Reyes, supervisor, Care Provider Support Program, PRMC. “It shows the things (that Tripler’s leadership) are emphasizing really promote employee participation, and health and wellness make a big difference in the hospital and the productivity of our staff.”

Nominees for the national PHWAs are selected from a pool of previous state-level winners. Following a competitive evaluation and judging process, APA selects the top candidates for national recognition.

PRMC’s Care Provider Support Program, which offers a variety of resiliency classes and resources, also was recognized as a Best Practices honoree for 2013 for its employee growth and development efforts.

According to the APA, psychologically healthy workplaces also support employee growth and development, work-life balance and wellness. (Graph courtesy American Psychological Association)

According to the APA, psychologically healthy workplaces also support employee growth and development, work-life balance and wellness. (Graph courtesy American Psychological Association)

This year isn’t the first APA has recognized Tripler. In 2011, Tripler’s Department of Psychology was recognized as a national and state-level Best Practices honoree.

“It’s an honor to be formally recognized by the APA for a host of reasons,” said Dr. David Brown, chief, Behavioral Health, PRMC, who oversees the Care Provider Support Program.

“Recognition helps to acknowledge a sound return on investment, in addition to reinforcing Best Practices,” Brown noted. “Doing the right thing is not always the easiest endeavor; it takes more time and concerted effort. Public acknowledgement really helps to confirm and justify the extra effort of both leadership and their employees.”

Tripler’s efforts to create a healthy workplace have resulted in lower turnover rates, along with increased clinical productivity, financial performance and customer satisfaction.

“There’s a positive spirit here,” Doyle said. “Everyone here seems to be more relaxed, but at the same time, more engaged and more concerned about patients and each other.”

(Editor’s note: Brig. Gen. Brian Lein, deputy commander of operations, U.S. Army Medical Command, accepted the award on behalf of TAMC at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., March 9.)

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To read more about how Tripler took home the top award for healthy workplace environment, visit these sites:
www.army.mil/article/89615/;
www.tamc.amedd.army.mil;
www.facebook.com/TriplerArmyMedicalCenter;
www.apa.org; and
www.apaexcellence.org.

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