Press Release Joyce Honored for Focus on Healthy Workforce by Cigna
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Joyce Honored for Focus on Healthy Workforce by Cigna

Apr 22, 2024

Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences Recognized with 2023 Cigna Healthy Workforce Designation™

Salt Lake City, UTAH – April 22, 2024 – Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences has been honored with the 2023 Gold level Healthy Workforce Designation by Cigna Healthcare. This prestigious recognition acknowledges Joyce University’s strong commitment to improving the health and vitality of its employees through a workplace well-being program.

Joyce University is committed to empowering its employees to pursue and maintain optimal health and well-being with a holistic approach. In 2021, the university’s Human Resources Department created an employee-led Wellness Committee, catalyzing a positive shift in the company’s culture, particularly concerning health initiatives. In 2023, participation in Wellness Committee events surged by 104%, engaging 25% of employees in activities like a bi-annual fitness challenges, training sessions, support groups, and daily health activities.

“As a top nursing university, we know that health comes first,” stated Dr. John Smith-Coppes, President and CEO of Joyce University. “We’re immensely proud of the strides our institution has made in cultivating a healthy culture and environment for our employees, faculty, and students. We teach that it takes healthy people to fully care for others; receiving the Cigna Healthy Workforce Designation is a true honor.”

The Cigna Healthy Workforce Designation evaluates organizations based on the core components of their well-being program, including leadership and culture, program foundations and execution, policies and accommodations, and other areas. Organizations recognized with this designation set the standard of excellence for organizational health and vitality.

“Higher vitality is linked to a more motivated, connected, and productive workforce,” said Kari Knight Stevens, Executive Vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer at The Cigna Group. “Employers that foster vitality will fuel a healthier workplace and drive business and economic growth. That’s why we’re proud to recognize employers for their efforts to prioritize multiple dimensions of wellness, build a culture of health, and boost employee engagement.”

Centered on a holistic approach to healthcare, Joyce University’s curriculum focuses on all aspects of health, including physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental, financial, occupational, and cultural. The Wellness Committee has extended this ethos to employees, encouraging a culture that values employee well-being alongside achievement.

As Joyce University continues to prioritize the holistic well-being of its community, it remains dedicated to creating an environment where individuals thrive both personally and professionally.


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    Founded in 1979, Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences’ mission is to prepare students to serve as competent professionals, to advance their careers, and to pursue lifelong learning. Located in Draper, Utah, Joyce University is proud to have helped thousands of students across the US graduate and launch lasting healthcare careers. With a recent expansion of its pre-licensure programs to select regional locations, including Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, and New Mexico, Joyce University’s expansion enables aspiring nurses in these regions to access the same high-quality education and opportunities that have defined the institution for decades. Join them as they continue to shape the future of healthcare, one student at a time.

    Joyce University is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for the Associate of Science in Nursing degree program, and by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Master of Science in Nursing programs.

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