Lane County recognized as third healthiest large employer in the state

Lane County recognized as third healthiest large employer in the state
Posted on 08/28/2018

Lane County has been recognized as 2018’s third healthiest large employer in Oregon by the Portland Business Journal and is the only government agency to place within the top 5 in any category.


The County’s focus on wellness has a two-fold effect: it reduces cost, allowing Lane County to invest more of its limited resources into direct services, and it increases employee productivity and engagement.


“Our focus on health and wellness is not only the right thing to do,” said County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky. “It also allows us to enhance the quality of services we provide to the community.”


In 2015, the County successfully shifted to a self-funded health insurance plan, invested in wellness and preventative care for employees, as well as other wellness-related efforts – reducing budgeted expenses by approximately $2 million that year. The annual savings from shifting to a self-funded plan have continued to grow and were estimated at $2.6 million last year. Other efforts have increased the number of wellness programs offered to employees, including organization-wide healthy eating and physical activity competitions, as well as an emphasis on tobacco cessation. The Live Well Center, which provides health services to employees and their dependents at a lower cost to the County than other providers, opened in early 2016.


Lane County and nearly 90 other honorees were highlighted at Portland Business Journal’s HR Summit & Healthiest Employers of Oregon Awards on August 16 in Portland. Employers are ranked based on an index comprised of six categories: culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communications and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analysis. There are five categories: small (2–99 employees), medium (100–499), large (500-1,499), larger (1,500–4,999) and largest (5,000+).