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Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance Embraces a Culture of Health

Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance is one of thirty-four companies participating in the Memphis Business Group on Health’s CEO Culture of Health Initiative. As one of the companies committed to creating and sustaining a culture of health within their organization, Lipscomb & Pitts offers their employees a year-round, comprehensive wellness program. Their wellness initiatives began three years ago by simply offering annual biometric screenings and an online health risk assessment. Since then, Lipscomb & Pitts has graduated to offering a complete wellness program through Humana that is dedicated to helping their employees make healthy lifestyle changes.

A Culture of Health is Important to Lipscomb and Pitts

As the largest privately owned insurance agency offering employee benefits and business insurance to Memphis area employers, Lipscomb & Pitts feels strongly about leading the charge in promoting worksite wellness initiatives. Johnny Pitts, Chief Manager, explains, “Part of the very thing we do is to promote health and wellness to our clients. It is a critical component of the health insurance and employee benefit programs that we provide.” Karla Combs, Chief Operating Officer, agrees, “Because of the business that we are in, we want to lead by example. It’s exciting to know that when we ask our clients to implement these programs, we are asking them to do what we do, not just what we say.”

The Importance of a Culture of Health to Other Employers

Aside from walking the talk on employee health and wellness, Lipscomb & Pitts has seen benefits that are possible for other employers as well. According to Pitts, “We have developed deeper relationships with our employees through our culture of health. We have always cared about our employees, but now we are showing that appreciation in a different way.”  Brenda Gregory, VP Human Resources,  has found that many of the employees have taken to the program, “The Humana Vitality program has become an important benefit to many of our employees.” Pitts encourages other employers to move in this same direction, “Smart employers realize that employees are attracted to a healthy, vibrant work environment. A culture of health creates healthier employees who are typically more productive.  Turnover and absenteeism are lower. And then, all of a sudden we are the place to work.”

A Culture of Health is Important to the City of Memphis Too

The City of Memphis is aware that there is a health crisis, but the responsibility to improve health in Memphis falls on each community, company, household and ultimately each individual.  If more employers begin developing and sustaining cultures of health within their organizations, we as people will be healthier, and our city will benefit.  Pitts supports the goals of the CEO Culture Health initiative, “Bottom line, this is a positive effort that can be credited to Memphis if we all, as business owners, promote and support it.” So far, thirty-one out of the thirty-four CEO Culture of Health participants have been added to “good” lists through the American Heart Association and the CEO Cancer Gold Standard program. Lipscomb & Pitts is among those thirty-one organizations and has been deemed a Fit Friendly Company by the American Heart Association for their worksite wellness efforts. 

If you are interested in learning more or have questions about MBGH’s CEO Culture of Health initiative, please contact Tara Hill at thill@memphisbusinessgroup.org

Posted by Tara Hill at 10:53 AM

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