Taking health care seriously is nothing new to Mercy Medical Center-Cedar Rapids. But thanks to its successful wellness program for employees, Mercy has taken that commitment to a whole new level.

With increasing health care costs nationwide, Mercy's leadership decided in 2006 to establish the wellness program to lower the cost of providing health care to employees and get employees motivated to become healthier. Seven years later, the benefits of this multifaceted program are clear. The increase in Mercy's health care costs are lower than national projections. Moreover, Mercy has created a culture of wellness - an ongoing commitment to encourage and support employees as they develop healthier lifestyles.

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