Brightview Senior Living sees financial benefits for workplace wellness

PBN Healthiest Employers Awards 2022
1,500-4,999 EMPLOYEES
2. Brightview Senior Living LLC
CEO (or equivalent): Marilynn Duker
Number of employees: 2,737

BRIGHTVIEW SENIOR LIVING LLC associates with diabetes receive an app, blood sugar monitoring device and testing strips for free, and monthly insulin copays are capped at $25 per person. That’s one of the many health and wellness initiatives Brightview offers its associates, including the 86 employed at Brightview Commons in South Kingstown.

“Employee turnover is not caused by just one thing; similarly, a wellness program is made up of many components,” said Ron Bryan, Brightview’s vice president of human resources. Brightview has a full-time wellness coordinator, care coordination and a new employee assistance plan provider addressing mental health challenges through programs, webinars and direct counseling.

With COVID-19 exacerbating the industry’s high turnover rate, Brightview’s recruitment and retention investments include wage analyses, some salary increases, enhanced referral bonuses and more. “We hired six regional talent coordinators … to assist with hiring,” Bryan said.

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Even with added benefits for mental health and fertility treatments, Brightview’s self-insured health insurance expenses have remained nearly flat year over year. “A couple of years ago, we reduced associates’ premiums by 6.5%,” Bryan said.

A Healthy Thought: ‘We’re all in it together … everyone shares in the cost savings of our self-funded medical plan.’
RON BRYAN, Brightview Senior Living LLC vice president of human resources

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