A Culture Change Within a Medical Center Hospital System: Baylor College of Medicine – BeWell

Program Description

Jesse Gavin presents Culture Change Within a Medical Center Hospital System

Jesse Gavin, MA, CCWS, CES

Wellness Team Lead, Baylor College of Medicine


Located at the heart of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, Baylor College of Medicine
(Baylor) is a multifaceted non-profit corporation that specializes in three unique aspects of
medicine. Baylor is an acting medical system, an academic health sciences university, and a
research institution. Baylor has a dynamic workforce of 10,000+ faculty, staff, residents, and
post-doctoral fellows that span the globe and have unique needs. Baylor’s medical
professionals focus their efforts on improving human health in the communities they serve.

In 2011, Baylor Human Resources (HR) wanted to create a culture of health and well-being
among the individuals who performed this task for others on a daily basis. In 2014, HR
expanded this initiative, BCM BeWell, to include a wellness portal, Vitality Group, and screening
services. In the past 5 years BCM BeWell has created a holistic model of health and well-being
to give the Baylor College of Medicine community resources to help them thrive while at work
and at home. BCM BeWell is available to our faculty, staff, residents, post-docs and their
spouses/domestic partners.

Based on analytics provided by Vitality Group, reports show Baylor College of Medicine
employees have significantly improved their overall health since 2014. In 2017, highly engaged
BCM BeWell members helped create a $1.4 million medical claims savings. In 2019, Baylor
College of Medicine was a recipient of the C. Everett Koop National Health award for its work
and results they have shown through their wellness initiative.


Presenter Bio(s):

Jesse Gavin serves as the Wellness Team Lead for Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, TX. Since
the implementation of the full program in 2014 BCM has won numerous awards including being named the
nation’s 5th Healthiest Employer by Healthiest Employers LLC in 2016 and the 2019 C. Everett Koop National Health Award.

Jesse began his health and wellness career in college and over the past 12 years has worked with multiple industries including NASA, British Petroleum, and Shell building strategies to create a healthier workplace culture.
Before moving back to Houston, Jesse worked with a third party startup corporate wellness company, Personalized Prevention, who specialized in individualized programming for various sized companies. During those 3 years Jesse created programs for 20+ organizations and produced measurable outcomes for each. Serving as a Regional Director, Jesse executed the vision of Human Resource departments and senior leadership around the future of their organization.

Aside from his role at Baylor College of Medicine Jesse volunteers his time in the community for both the wellness sector and different organizations. He served as Co-Chair for the Houston Corporate Wellness Group in 2015 and routinely works with the American Heart Association, MS Society and Houston Business Group on Health. Jesse is also very involved with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo, Vice President of the Come and Taste It Cooking Team.

Over the years Jesse has had the privilege of speaking at multiple conferences. The main scope of Jesse’s speaking engagements involve creating healthy workplace cultures and creating programs for the new workforce, which includes millennials. Jesse’s current research interests are the changes in corporate structure to fit a modern lifestyle, millennials, and engagement.

Jesse received a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Fitness and Human Performance.