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EKLMC Stress Relief Month Features Employee Fest

A masseuse provided free hand massages.

Three hundred Earl K. Long Medical Center employees, ranging from maintenance staff to physicians, attended the EKLMC Stress Relief Fest on the hospital campus. With the music of Kenny G and the aroma of scented candles, the festively decorated area featured a slide show of serene scenery and five stations with stress-relief strategies, tips and de-stressors.

The first station displayed nutritional information on stress-relief foods and the importance of eating right. Recognizing the important role exercise plays in stress relief, the YMCA station offered membership with the state discount and two drawings for free one-month memberships. The LSU Health Center station provided stress relaxation, reduction and time-management tips. Since money worries can lead to stress, Campus Federal Credit Union provided information on its services. For the ultimate stress relief, Malcolm Travel Agency provided vacation and cruise information.

For immediate stress relief, a professional masseuse gave hand massages to employees.

Employees pause for a photo on Earl Island.

The last stop was Earl Island, a tropical themed get-a-way spot, where employees could relax and have their pictures taken.

"The purpose was to improve employee moral and to focus on employees," said Amelia Georgetown, EKLMC Director of Human Resources and a member of the Employee Activities Committee, which organized the event.

EKLMC designated the entire month of July as stress relief month. Each July day, excluding weekends, a new stress-relief tip was put on the EKLMC Intranet, which also featured a "Test your Stress Level" for employees to assess their risk for stressing out.

Between July 18 and July 21, employees received free ice cream, destressors and tokens of appreciation, such as a stress ball, keychain and wristband. Tokens were embossed with the new "Stars of Healthcare" logo.

"We kicked off our 'Stars of Healthcare' Campaign focusing on our employees who we consider to be our stars in the healthcare arena," Georgetown said. "We designed and sold T-shirts, with the new logo. The employees were approved to wear them during July and August and also as part of their work uniforms as they came in red, navy and white, with purple and gold graphics."

At the entrance to the fest, employees received souvenir giftbags to tote their promotional give-a-ways. As they exited, they received bottled water inside a red or navy coozie. Both coozie and giftbags bear the Stars of Healthcare logo, constant reminders of their value to EKLMC.

"I thought the Stress Fest was a wonderful event and huge success," said John Germany, Clinical Documentation Coordinator. "A few moments to gather with friends and co-workers in a fun environment is a great way to reduce our anxieties while also providing an outlet to accentuate the positive things about working at The Earl."