Having served six years as president of a major Minnesota healthcare provider, Ken Haglind is well versed in helping businesses promote wellbeing in their facilities. To reach this goal, Ken Haglind has organized biometric screenings for many companies.
Biometric screenings measure an individual's vital signs, such as blood pressure, height, weight, and body mass index. Blood work determines triglyceride, glucose, and cholesterol levels. These work-site tests alert employees to the possibility of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and sleep apnea and offer several employee benefits.
Screenings can inform employees of problems before symptoms develop, enabling treatments when they would be most useful. Results allow nurses to present crucial information so patients can develop healthier habits.
Testing is also good for business. It can reduce employee downtime due to doctor visits and increase morale by demonstrating concern. Illnesses cost businesses billions of dollars in lost productivity that can be improved by having a healthier workforce.
In turn, enhanced employee health lowers the cost of insurance claims. Catastrophic care and accident rates particularly decline as workers pay more attention to safety issues. Combined, these measures encourage them to remain with their employer for a longer period of time
The president of Minnesota Hospice in Lakeville, Minnesota, Ken Haglind manages all elements of leadership for the end-of-life care company. Ken Haglind is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
NHPCO advocates for hospice care and related organizations through the Hospice Action Network (HAN), which communicates with lawmakers and government officials at all levels. One of its recent advocacy projects was on the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), which seeks to address the lack of adequately trained hospice and palliative care professionals. If current trends continue, only one palliative care physician will be available for 26,000 seriously ill patients by the end of the 2020s.
PCHETA seeks to provide training in hospice care for a broader set of professionals, including nurses and clinical social workers, and to increase the number of palliative medicine training settings available. The bill enjoyed significant bipartisan support in 2017 and 2018 but has not yet passed.