2019 Healthiest Employers of Greater Louisville

Each year, the Healthiest Employers® awards program recognizes organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace. 

The Healthiest Employers awards program is administered by Springbuk through a comprehensive online assessment to evaluate company performance spanning six key areas of health and wellbeing: Culture and Leadership Commitment, Foundational Components, Strategic Planning, Communication and Marketing, Programming and Intervention, and Reporting and Analytics. 

The categories and scoring were designed with the help of a non-biased, national group of representatives within the wellness and business community. After completion of the assessment, the applicants are scored with a Healthiest Employers® Index that helps rank the organization based on their unique submissions. To sign up for future announcements on Healthiest Employers, please sign up here.

We are excited to announce the 2019 Healthiest Employers of Greater Louisville. The winners are ranked according to three different employee size categories: Under 500, 500-5,000, and 5,000+ employees. 

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Under 500 Employees

#1 Kentucky Center for Performing Arts

  • Total U.S. Employees: 93
  • Industry: Not-for-Profit
  • www.kentuckycenter.org

The Kentucky Center for Performing Arts provides theatrical entertainment in the Louisville area. Their Wellness in Action initiative is an employee-led program that focuses on employee self-care, mental health, and enjoying life. Last year, employees reported a collective weight loss of 150 pounds and with the implementation of a financial well-being software, created a financial turnaround of nearly $225,000.

#2 Strategic Communications, LLC

  • Total U.S. Employees: 40
  • Industry: Technology
  • www.yourstrategic.com

Strategic Communications is an IT Solutions company that focuses primarily on network engineering, IT security, and cloud solutions. Last year, Strategic Communications hosted Walk to Paradise, a fitness challenge that logged over 20 million steps in a 9 month period. In addition, their office is dog friendly, which they believe contributes to a healthy mental well-being. 

#3 LINAK U.S. Inc.

  • Total U.S. Employees: 340
  • Industry: Manufacturing
  • www.linak-us.com

LINAK U.S. Inc. is a worldwide leader in the design and production of electric linear actuator systems. They take great pride in the fact that their company slogan is “We Improve Your Life,” and this starts with their own employees. They utilize a wellness incentive program that identified high risk members decreased by 13% from the previous year and is an easy way to keep employees engaged. 

#4 Commonwealth Credit Union 

  • Total U.S. Employees: 299
  • Industry: Banking
  • www.ccuky.org

Commonwealth Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial company that has served the state of Kentucky since 1951. Wellness team leaders meet monthly to create new and exciting ideas to encourage wellness. Last year, 96% of team members were engaged with the program, which was the 3rd consecutive year Commonwealth Credit Union hit their engagement goal.

#5 Insuramax

  • Total U.S. Employees: 39
  • Industry: Insurance
  • www.insuramax.com 

Insuramax is one of the largest privately held insurance agencies in Kentucky. Wellness is part of company culture at Insuramax and over 90% of the workforce participates in well-being incentives. They also offer employees with personalized coaching and easy access to flu shots and biometric screenings. 

500-5,000 Employees

#1 LG&E and KU Energy LLC

  • Total U.S. Employees: 3,600
  • Industry: Utilities
  • www.lge-ku.com

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company serves roughly 1.3 million customers in 77 Kentucky counties. In 2017, LG&E and KU Energy noticed a low number of flu shots and an increased number of sick days. The following year they decided to implement a campaign to encourage flu vaccinations by creating videos and posters, which led to a 19% increase in flu shots in 2018.

#2 Appriss

  • Total U.S. Employees: 702
  • Industry: Technology
  • www.apprissbenefits.com

Appriss is a team of technology and data science experts that works to solve urgent and complex challenges in the business world. In only its first year, their wellness program had a 98% participation rate and the average risk index decreased by 10.4%. The program is driven by employees and there are several groups that empower others through yoga classes, step challenges, and cycling to work. 

#3 The Sullivan University System

  • Total U.S. Employees: 500
  • Industry: Education
  • www.sullivan.edu

The Sullivan University System is Kentucky’s largest private college that offers higher education to students. In addition to wellness reward programs, they offer incentives for attending spiritual events and facilities. After completion of 100 points, employees are awarded a prize that ranges from the cost of a gym membership to time off of work.

#4 Christian Care Communities, Inc. 

  • Total U.S. Employees: 650
  • Industry: Healthcare
  • www.christiancarecommunities.org

Christian Care Communities is a non-profit provider of senior living and long-term adult care that was founded in 1884. Their wellness program has been in place for 12 years and this year, they added additional resources for their 8 dimensions of health by incorporating their wellness program with their employee assistance program. 

#5 Messer Construction Co. 

  • Total U.S. Employees: 1,250
  • Industry: Construction
  • www.messer.com

Messer Construction Co. is an employee-owned general contracting and construction management company. Their wellness program focuses on long-term benefits for employees and has continued engagement in health and well-being initiatives. They also believe social and career wellness are important parts of well-being and provide resources in these spaces to create a positive company culture. 

5,000+ Employees

#1 GE Appliances, a Haier company

  • Total U.S. Employees: 12,000
  • Industry: Manufacturing
  • www.geappliances.com

Acquired by Haier Group in 2016, GE Appliances operates manufacturing facilities that sells appliance products internationally. Their well-being initiative, WellWithin, provides employees with the resources to support a collective health journey. Employees that visit the on-site primary care facilities showed 50% less spend on pharmaceutical claims and 15% of their diabetic population receives blood sugar control resources through on-site resources.

#2 Norton Healthcare

  • Total U.S. Employees: 11,269
  • Industry: Healthcare
  • www.nortonhealthcare.com

Norton Healthcare is a non-profit hospital system that provides care at more than 250 locations throughout the greater Louisville area and southern Indiana. In 2018, 80% of employees and 67% of spouses that were enrolled in their health plan were also enrolled in the “N Good Health” wellness program. They saw engaged members reach all-time low numbers, with high blood pressure at 24.6% and high cholesterol at 19.3%.

#3 Humana Inc.

  • Total U.S. Employees: 41,600
  • Industry: Insurance
  • www.humana.com

Humana is an insurance company that aspires to help people achieve wellness for life. They take a long-term approach to measurement and goal setting and encourage participation through fun challenges. Since 2012, associates have collectively reduced the number of self-reported sick days by 20% and well-being scores improving by 8% from 2017 to 2018. 

#4 Trilogy Health Services

  • Total U.S. Employees: 11,578
  • Industry: Healthcare
  • www.trilogyhs.com

Trilogy Health Services is a residential senior care company that provides rehabilitation services, independent living, and memory care for senior citizens. In 2018, they trained some of their employee nurses to provide biometric screenings during the onboarding process, which has cut costs by 50% and increased the number of screenings among the employee population.

#5 U-Haul

  • Total U.S. Employees: 13,000
  • Industry: Moving and Storage
  • www.uhaul.com

U-Haul is a storage rental and moving equipment company that has been in operation since 1945. The Healthier U Program was created by their CEO, Joe Shoen, and is actively supported by leadership. They are continuously enhancing the program to cover all aspects of health and have had over 5,000 team members participate since inception in 2016.