Brattleboro Retreat’s Employee Wellness Program Recognized by the State of Vermont

(March 27, 2017) 

The Brattleboro Retreat received a Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness award at the 2017 Worksite Wellness conference held on Thursday, March 23, at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington, VT.

The award was presented to several Vermont employers who in the past year have demonstrated excellence in worksite wellness and have played an integral part in Vermont's reputation as one of the healthiest states in the nation.

On hand to acknowledge the recipients was Vermont Governor Phil Scott, Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine, and Janet Franz, chair of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Governor Scott shared his appreciation for the employers who received awards based on their commitment to forward-thinking wellness policies that not only benefit employees but ultimately benefit the employer as well by creating a culture of wellbeing in the workplace.

The Retreat has a robust wellness program that supports its approximately 850 employees in setting and meeting personal goals that focus on stress management, nutrition, and physical exercise.

“Our Wellness Program is one of the many employment benefits that make the Retreat a great place to work,” said Susan Rowell, director of Human Resources. “We focus on offering the kinds of wellness training, education, and support that our employees request, and that’s been a major part of our program’s success.”

In addition to recognizing the Brattleboro Retreat’s organizational commitment to employee wellness, the Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness award also honored the individual members of the hospital’s Wellness Committee:  Joanna Burge, Kathleen Deponte, Erin Fagley, Lynne Jenkins, Susan Mousseau, Amy Robbin, Susan Rowell, Katie Royce, and Andrew Walker.