Baylor College of Medicine is an established leader in research, health sciences education and patient care in the Texas Medical Center. Our BCM BeWell program is a reflection of this environment and serves as the overarching health and wellness resource for the College.
As a recipient of the 2018 Healthiest Employer Award by Healthiest 100 in America and one of Houston Business Journal's “Healthiest Employers” of 2019, the BCM BeWell program inspires and creates a culture of healthy living and wellness throughout the College. With onsite, offsite, and virtual opportunities to participate in events, programs, and workshops, Baylor strives to continuously bring wellness to the forefront of our employee’s lives. In 2019, Baylor expanded the wellness program eligibility to spouses and domestic partners covered through the Baylor medical insurance plan.
Part of Human Resources - Benefits, the BCM BeWell program works with various wellness-related departments, such as ergonomics, safety, and the College's gym. We also work with external wellness-related programs such as United Healthcare, Fidelity, TIAA, and more.
Seven Dimensions of Wellness
Learn more about each wellness dimension and how Baylor supports employees and their loved ones in achieving their personal best.
- Emotional/Mental Health
The stressors of modern day life are prolific. Baylor provides resources to help employees cope, including the Employee Assistance Program, volunteer time off, the Integrity Hotline and on-site ombudsmen. BCM BeWell coordinates periodic pet therapy sessions, relaxation events and mental health seminars throughout the year.
Baylor and BCM BeWell support our community in maintaining their best physical health. Annual biometric health screenings provide convenient opportunities for employees and participating spouses to learn about their potential health risk factors and how to take appropriate action. Blood pressure kiosks in multiple locations provide an opportunity for daily monitoring. Gym discounts and our multi-year walking challenge motivates many to be more active. Nearby walking trails and custom-designed StairWELLS are an added incentive to incorporate movement into the workday. Workplace ergonomic consultations are available to all employees as well as mother’s aid stations. Multiple weight and chronic disease management counseling programs equip and empower employees to address their health goals. Virtual physician visits through United Healthcare allow participating employees to seek non-emergent care from the convenience of their home or office.
Learning how to live on a budget, understanding how to minimize debt, and counsel on general financial planning are all critical aspects of holistic health and wellness. Regularly scheduled seminars on various financial topics and the availability of one-on-one financial advising appointments provides an opportunity to employees to engage on this important wellness dimension. Beginning in 2020, employees will have access to a personal financial coach. Beyond education and counseling, Baylor supports employees’ financial future by providing competitive retirement plans.
Baylor is dedicated to fostering a community culture of diversity, inclusion and equity. BCM BeWell recognizes the power of community, relationships, and connection. Opportunities to gather are created regularly, including an annual wellness fair, walking groups and more. We also offer community-based participation opportunities for Baylor employees at various Houston and San Antonio events, such as the BP MS 150, Run Houston series, Reason2Race and virtual employee participation within our interactive online wellness portal, Vitality. Baylor provides benefits to meet the needs of family life, such as subsidized backup care for children and elders.
As a leader in health sciences education, Baylor provides resources to ensure that employees cultivate intellectual wellness. Tuition reimbursement is available for eligible employees, as well advanced practice opportunities, leadership and management training. Book and journal clubs provide a platform for employees to connect and learn together. BCM BeWell coordinates various educational opportunities to expand knowledge in the realm of health and wellness. College counseling programs help employees prepare for the intellectual endeavors of their children.
Baylor College of Medicine strives to create awareness and action around environmental sustainability as well as creating a physical environment of well-being for all employees. Features include an award-winning recycling program and sustainable commute-to-work benefits. BCM BeWell creates annual sustainability-focused wellness challenges to further engage employees and participating spouses in the care of our environment. On-site Market Days provide an opportunity for employees to shop locally and sustainably.
While spirituality has many possible definitions, it universally embodies connection to the world around us. Baylor offers presentations on the intersections between health and spirituality, yoga classes, and workshops on the art of mindfulness.