As healthcare providers, we are committed to helping people realize their full potential for health. The best place to start is with our own employees. At Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Mo., we put employees first in a host of wellness initiatives because we view each of them as a critical health ambassador who, in leading by example, can greatly improve the health of our entire community.
TMC has an active employee wellness program. Our employees can trade paid-time-off hours for reimbursement for wellness-related expenses. This puts the employees in control, empowering them to pursue the wellness strategies that work best for them. It also allows TMC to make a big investment in employee health at no additional cost. We also provide a variety of continuing-education and life-skill classes for staff and their families. Recently, we launched a tutoring program for the children of our employees who need additional support in their school work.
Our approach to building a culture of health is deeply rooted in the community we serve. Even though we sit in the middle of some of America's most productive farmland, residents of the city center have very limited food store options, reducing their access to fresh fruits and vegetables.