Radboud UMC works on healthy employees
The Healthy Professionals program has been running at Radboudumc for a year. With a personal coach, employees learn how they can organize their lives more healthier.
Co-Initiator Kees van Laarhoven, head of Surgery, hopes to start a broader lifestyle movement. A hospitals responsibility is not only to provide care, but also to keep healthcare affordable in the future. That is why Radboud UMC started this project. Leon van Halder, chairman of the Radboudumc Board of Directors: “Our healthcare must really change to remain affordable. From just treating patients to the prevention of diseases. As a hospital, we have to take the lead in that.”
Healthy Professional Program
Van Laarhoven states the emergence of the Healthy Professionals program. “Aim is to let employees think and work in a more healthier way. If you let your employees work on themselves and let them experience how good it is to deal with their own body and mental situation, then they will also be much more convincing towards their patients.”
Van Laarhoven: “You get healthier employees who are in better flow, more productive, fun and cosier. And because of that you also have less absence, which is another positive aspect for the organization. Especially healthcare professionals have higher absence than people in other sectors. This is mainly due to stress and hard work. In these areas, the program also focuses the most. Van Laarhoven explains that this is also a way to question the working culture. “In the past it was not done to talk about, for example, lack of sleep. Now that culture is starting to turn around, so it becomes tough to dare to talk about it.”