Our Report on 2015 Social Responsibility Goals

By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health

Happy New Year! I hope 2016 brings you and your loved ones much joy and health.

It is with great pride that I share our corporate report on our 2015 social responsibility goals. While Watertree Health’s mission is to help individuals improve their lives by improving their cycle of health, our overarching goal is to service local communities.  

Savings achieved with our Prescription Discount Card and donations to strategic health-related nonprofit partners are our Company’s key metrics of this social responsibility.

In 2015, Watertree Health surpassed its $70 million goal and saved cardholders $84 million on prescription costs, representing a growth of 62% versus the prior year. Given recent reports about the continuing rise of out-of-pocket prescription costs and consumers finding it more and more difficult to pay for their vital medicines, we place particular importance on this metric.

This savings milestone reflects the fact that service is built into the DNA of our culture. We believe that everyone should be able to improve their health, and our team of national “Service Representatives” and my colleagues have committed themselves to helping those in need.

To produce a ripple effect within local communities, our nonprofit partnerships have been structured so that when someone saves money on their prescription a donation is triggered for the local nonprofit partner.

VIDEO IMAGE_CHRISTOPHER_CNFLIn 2015, our goals were to donate $300,000 to Make-A-Wish® and help grant two wishes per month. Our amazing, passionate team helped to dramatically surpass these goals.

Watertree Health donated $530,000 that helped grant 43 wishes in just 16 local chapters. We also exceeded our 2015 goals for our 15 local Food Bank partners — $165,000 in donations versus $140,000, providing almost one million meals versus our goal of 750,000.

These stats are our internal report card on how we’re furthering our mission, and our partnerships with nonprofits are a big part of that effort. Since our Prescription Discount Card was introduced about four years ago, we have helped people struggling to pay for their prescriptions save almost $165,000,000. In about two years, we have donated $645,000 to Make-A-Wish and helped fund 54 wishes in just 16 local chapters, and donated over $300,000 to our 15 local Food Bank partners to help provide over 1.8 million meals.”

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I want to thank our Service Representatives, nonprofit partners, cardholders, health care provider partners and everyone at Watertree Health who helped us exceed our goals and make 2015 such a huge success. Working together we are helping to create healthier communities across America. Let’s make 2016 even greater!

Special Profile: Watertree Health® Couple Helps Grant a Wish

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Eric Burgess (left), Trina Burgess (right)

Since our national Prescription Assistance Program benefitting Make-A-Wish® rolled out in November 2014, it has been embraced by our “Service Reps”. We call our team “Service Reps” because they are truly servicing their communities—helping their neighbors afford their medications while also helping grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses in their local area.

Two very special people who have taken their commitment a step further and become wish granters are Watertree Health’s power couple, Eric and Trina Burgess.

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Since the pilot program began in the Central and Northern Florida area in 2013, Eric and Trina have been major catalysts in the growth of donations and wishes. From the beginning, they have participated in local Make-A-Wish events including the chapter’s Walk For Wishes. Most recently, they deepened their dedication to Make-A-Wish by accepting the invitation to become wish granters for the Central & Northern Florida chapter. Trina shared, “We are so happy to be closer to the miracle of a wish.”

Zion and his family visit Trina and Eric at church.

Zion and his family visit Trina and Eric at church.

Last month, Eric had his first wish-granting experience with a 3-year-old boy, Zion, who wished to meet his favorite superhero. Eric jumped on the opportunity to make the wish reveal party as special and meaningful to Zion as possible.

“Seeing a child, who has such little experience in the world, yet so much experience with the fight for survival is a difficult thing to process. Zion had just done a round of chemotherapy a couple of days before the party, but on the big day, he was all smiles,” Eric said.

Eric went the extra mile for Zion and bought action figures, had a beautifully decorated cake, and hired an actor to play his favorite superhero character.

“When his idol walked in the room, Zion’s jaw dropped. He was totally surprised. Zion whispered to his mom, went upstairs, and then came back in his own costume, turning the surprise on us. Everyone was applauding and cheering,” Eric said.2

At the party, Zion and his family found out that they would be traveling to the Florida theme parks with super-charged wristbands to meet his favorite superhero.

“Now when ever I see action figures on pharmacy visits, it reminds me of Zion. It will forever be a symbol of my experience. There’s a special connection that was made and I continue to stay in touch with the family.” Eric said.

IMG_6918“A wish granted affects so many people: the child, the family, the community, and all the people who help make it possible. It’s a very powerful experience. I would encourage more Representatives to do the training and become a wish granter. It will not only make you a better Rep, but also a better person. As Jim Collins said, ‘Infuse your enterprise with some purpose that goes beyond money.’”

Trina, Director in the Southeast represents the chapters: Central & Northern Florida, Georgia, South Florida, and parts of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana, South Carolina, Central & Western North Carolina, and Eastern North Carolina. Eric is a Rep in the Tampa area.

To date, Watertree Health has helped grant 54 wishes. Florida and Georgia territories alone represent 21 of those wishes due to Trina, Eric, & team’s efforts (highlighted in red below). Thank you Trina and Eric for all you do for Watertree Health and Make-A-Wish, on both a local and national level.

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By WHBlogger 

1/18/2016

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4 Tips To Keep Up New Year’s Resolutions

New Years 2018 - <span class='notranslate'>Watertree Health</span> [Converted]-01Many of us use January to reflect on the past and prepare for the future. Often, we will make resolutions to become better versions of ourselves.We might decide to quit smoking, eating too much or change other bad habits. But it’s incredibly difficult to do this. So, we’d like to share some tips that may help you. 

1. Change your routines.

Bad habits are human nature. They’re formed by routines that navigate our day so we don’t need to actively think about every detail of our lives constantly. For instance, if you make a habit of taking the stairs instead of the elevators at work, you’ll eventually just do so without a second thought.

2. Figure out why you have these bad habits.

Understand why you engage in bad habits. Do you eat because you’re bored? Anxious? Do you spend too much money on things you don’t need? When you have an understanding of why you make certain choices, you will be better prepared to make meaningful changes. Confronting underlying problems can be painful, but it’s essential. Don’t distract yourself from the real issues by doing things like drinking too much alcohol or spending too much time playing video games.

3. Get support from others.

Find people in your life who can help you be accountable to your New Year’s resolutions. Having a good network to cheer you on as you work on your goals keeps you incentivized and focused on reaching your goals. They’ll be able to suggest positive habits to replace bad ones. Also, maybe you’ll learn that you love snacking on carrots with an exercise group instead of taking smoke breaks.

4. Use tools to keep you on track.

Notes to yourself can be a great reminder of promises you’ve made to yourself. Tape a note to the bathroom mirror to prompt yourself to smile more. Set an alarm in your office calendar to schedule a stretch session before lunchtime. Consider the jar visual http://ht.ly/WoPwu to easily see and track your progress. Time Magazine has also compiled a list of 25 Websites That Will Help You Stick to Your Resolution http://ht.ly/WqsNf.

Good luck and don’t rush it. Bad habits are difficult to break. Studies have reported that most people take approximately three months to change their behavior, and individual results may vary depending on other circumstances such as additional stressors and natural personality. Don’t let a minor slip up deter you from your goals. You can do it!

By WHBlogger 

1/08/2016
Edited: 12/8/2017


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