Focus: Women Enlightened for Better Health — WE
WE, short for Women Enlightened for Better Health, is a unique new health initiative that grew from a desire to help women manage the demands of daily life and focus on better health.
Introduced in January 2012 by Aiken Regional Medical Centers in Aiken, South Carolina, WE helps guides members to maintain good health habits, assists them with navigating through the health system and provides education and support through social events.
Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John, a breast cancer survivor and advocate for women's health, is has participated in WE by recording video messages for every hospital's program and appearing at kick-off luncheons as the program was launched at each facility.
The response to the initial WE program at Aiken has been overwhelming. Within one year, Aiken Regional had 1,000 WE members and the enthusiasm continues. WE is a sisterhood that gives women the opportunity to focus on their health and the health of their family members. Members say that WE allowed them to take charge of their health, ask questions and stay informed on new ways to stay healthy. WE also provides a support network with newsletter, email updates and web-based information.
Since it started in at Aiken Regional, the program has spread to other UHS acute care facilities across the nation, including Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida and Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murietta, California.
Universal Health Services, Inc. and our acute care hospitals are dedicated to improving health and are offering the WE program at other acute care facilities throughout the country. The Valley Health System is adapting the program to residents in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada and other hospitals are embracing the initiative as well. Watch for WE! Coming to your area soon, thanks to UHS.