Healing Well:  The Success of a Comprehensive Employee Wellness Program at a Major US Health System

David Pauer

David L. Pauer, MNO

In 2005 Cleveland Clinic launched a new Employee Wellness Program. During the next 14 years the initiative grew into a comprehensive outcomes based program that saved more than $260 million in medical costs and increased the number of employees with no (or improved) chronic disease biomarkers by seven fold The focus of this presentation is on the transformations that occurred at the Cleveland Clinic that made all this possible, with the goal of helping other organizations understand the magnitude of effort required to achieve similar outcomes, and shed light on why superficial efforts are likely to fail.