From the desk of DeLinda Washington, Vice President, Human Resources; Harry A. Manley, Jr., Collective Bargaining Director, UFCW Local 27; and Yolanda Anwar, Maryland & DC Regional Director, Vice President, UFCW Local 400
We’re on a quest to be the healthiest workforce in the health care industry with nurses playing a critical role in that journey. During this week, we want to recognize and appreciate nurses that serve as Live Well Be Well Site (LWBW) Leads on top of their nursing roles to cultivate a culture of health and wellness for employees. Site Leads are the cornerstone of the program by identifying the wellness interests of staff and physicians at their facility and implementing programs to meet those needs. Please take a minute to extend a special thanks to these nurses in recognition of their dedicated service to providing the highest level of quality care to patients while leading the charge for employee wellness.
Marilu Christian, Fredericksburg
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Annapolis
Jaquenette (Jackie) Kilmer, Annapolis, Columbia Gateway, and Severna Park
Sonia X Louis-Lapierre, Shady Grove
Cynthia O’Brien, Largo
Marybeth Minch, Frederick
Lenora (Dawn) Smith, Fair Oaks
Lisa Terry, Largo
We asked nurses to share their experience about being a Live Well Be Well Site Lead. Read their stories below.
How does being a nurse support your role as Live Well Be Well Site Lead?
I believe that my nursing background has helped me in my LWBW role. Nursing takes a very holistic approach to care and wellness. The components of LWBW are a balance of wellness that I try to find in my life and encourage in others. I use the health coaching skills of nursing to help the employees involved in our activities.
What has personally connected you to being a Live Well Be Well (LWBW) Site Lead?
I became personally connected with LWBW about 4 years ago because I believe Kaiser delivers the best patient care and I wanted to contribute in making Kaiser proud of having the healthiest workforce too. I want to inspire my co-workers to actively engage the body, mind and spirit thus living a balanced work and home life. I feel by working together, encouraging each other and utilizing the resources given to us through our employer we can make ourselves and Kaiser the healthiest work force in health care. – Kathleen Fitzpatrick, RN, BC, Annapolis Medical Center
What has been the most rewarding part of being a Live Well Be Well Site Lead?
I enjoy the Team work and camaraderie that comes along with participating in the Center Projects. We always have a lot of fun, and I think it brings the entire center together while helping others and ourselves.