December 09, 2009
Hospital system nixes chocolate for fruit as employee gifts
Hinsdale – In response to employee preferences and to encourage healthy eating habits, Adventist Midwest Health provided fruit boxes to employees, medical staff members and volunteers to celebrate the holiday season. The boxes, which contain apples, oranges, pears and kiwi, were distributed this week to more than 5,000 people at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.
The fruit has been a big hit among employees, who overwhelmingly indicated their preference for it as a Christmas gift during a survey commissioned by the human resources department earlier this year. Years ago, Adventist Midwest Health distributed fruit baskets to employees for the holidays; for the previous three years, each employee received a gift box containing chocolate, mixed nuts and chocolate-and-toffee-covered treats.
“We were pleasantly surprised at the large number of employees who said they favor fruit over chocolate,” said Don Russell, regional vice president for human resources. “We were delighted to bring back the fruit boxes not only to make our employees happy but also because fruit is a more healthful alternative to sugary snacks and supports our commitment to keeping our employees well.”
Adventist Midwest Health spent about $90,000 on the fruit box gifts, which were comparable in price to the candy and nut boxes.