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Caring for Our Caregivers

01.15.2018 St. Joseph Hoag Health

St. Joseph Hoag Health offers its employees a wide variety of wellness programs, including exercise, nutrition education, stress management and more. Most are provided through our comprehensive Choose Well employee health programs. It’s our way of saying “thanks” and “we care” to the outstanding health care professionals on our teams. Here’s a round-up of what staff members can expect once they join our employee family:

Fitness Programs – Many of our facilities have fitness centers for employees, including at St. Joseph Health’s system office in Irvine, where the gym is popular after work and during breaks. For those who enjoy the camaraderie and guidance of fitness classes, St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton offers an exercise boot camp and yoga classes for its team members. Mission Hospital provides a full schedule of Zumba, Pilates and yoga, too. Additionally, at Mission Hospital and our system office, employees can do individual circuit training provided they have proper orientation on the equipment.

Meditation and Balance – As a health care system dedicated to restoring body, mind and spirit, it’s fitting that we assist employees with finding their mind-body connection. Recently, St. Jude Medical Center partnered with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange to offer a unique class for quieting the mind. The Restoring Balance session helped employees connect and develop ways to energetically and holistically tap into the mind, body, spirit for greater health, vitality and vigor. You’ll also find meditation classes throughout our health system.

Lettuce Eat Healthier – At St. Jude Medical Center, employees can order boxes of farmers market produce and pick them up in the cafeteria each week. Both fruits and vegetables are available and all produce is seasonal. There are even a few boxes that have an added surprise in them, courtesy of the employee wellness team. And speaking of eating well, our St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare employees at St. Jude Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group recently had a “think outside the box” meal preparation challenge, rewarding those who were most creative in preparing healthy meals.

Stretching Body and MindSt. Joseph Hospital, Orange offers employees a number of yoga, boot camp and circuit training classes, and has open gym hours for caregivers. In addition, their Mission Services team in partnership with their Choose Well Crew offered a well-attended Mindfulness Journey over the past several months, which included a meditative walking tour of significant spiritual locations on the hospital's campus.

Walk it Off – Our St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare employees are encouraged to slip on their tennis shoes and go for a stroll during breaks or sometimes for one-on-one meetings. Taking the stairs always beats the elevator for this team, and there’s even a “beat your boss” walking challenge to see who can rack up the most steps on their Fit Bits.

Wellness Services – We are changing the way people access care that includes our own employees, by serving them in the places they live and work. Employees at our system office and St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare have access to an onsite Wellness Corner, which delivers personalized, convenient medical and wellness services, including lifestyle coaching, weight management programs, primary care, physicals, and other preventive services.

It’s our goal to make our communities among America’s healthiest. And we believe that the best place to start is with our very own St. Joseph Hoag Health family, helping them feel their very best.

Let us help improve the health of your workforce. To learn more about our Workforce Wellness Programs, visit or call 949-381-4777.