Bluff City Grill owner Cathy Gross is presented the Business Health Award from OSF Saint Anthony’s President Ajay Pathak, Annual Fund Coordinator Lee McRaven and RiverBend Growth Association President Monica Bristow. For information on the award, call OSF Saint Anthony’s Foundation at (618) 463-5168.
ALTON — The OSF Saint Anthony’s Foundation has announced Bluff City Grill as a Business Health Award winner.
The program, established by the OSF Saint Anthony’s Foundation, recognizes businesses that provide health and wellness programs for employees. The award honors their ongoing commitment to promoting safe work environments and encouraging workers to live healthier lifestyles.
“We were really honored to get the award,” Bluff City Grill owner Cathy Gross said. “It shows that our hard work is paying off. We do everything to keep the atmosphere friendly and make it a place where people want to come to work.”
“As a team we take pride in keeping a clean and safe work environment, especially in the kitchen,” head chef Phillip Strasser said. “Weekly, we clean air filters to minimize exposure of exhaust from kitchen equipment and follow all health codes to ensure our employee safety.”
Bluff City Grill supports employee well-being by providing health education, encouraging wellness principles and providing a supportive environment. Some of their initiatives include:
- Personal safety information and training programs
- Use eco-friendly cleaning products
- Tobacco-free workplace
- Promotes employee health as a company value
- Encourage employees to participate in wellness activities on breaks and before and after work
- Align with federal and state health departments
“This award is a wonderful idea by the (OSF Saint Anthony’s) Foundation,” Gross said. “We think of each other as a family in this business, so we like to take care of each other. And it’s nice to be recognized by someone outside of the family.”
Interested business are required to fill out an application that is competitively scored on health education, supportive environments, integration of worksite wellness programs and available health screening options.
“Cathy is an entrepreneur that is learning the right way,” said Monica Bristow, president of the RiverBend Growth Association and chair of the Business Health Award program. “She has worked her way up from waitress to business owner — a true success story. By offering a unique menu, being involved in the community, doing special promotions and promoting a healthy workplace for her employees, she’s doing all the right things.”
Any business that would like to start implementing a health and wellness program is encouraged to inquire. OSF Saint Anthony’s has a variety of health-wise options available for area employers.
For information, call the foundation at (618) 463-5168. To download a nomination form, visit www.osfhealthcarefoundation.org/Alton.
For information about Bluff City Grill, call (618) 433-8288 or visit http://www.bluffcitygrillalton.com/.