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Employee Wellness

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Upcoming Events

Free Cholesterol Screening

We invite you to participate in free health screenings for employees, including cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI, and glucose measurements. Screenings will take less than 15 minutes to complete and participants should fast for 8+ hours prior to the screening. Earn 1,000 MyWellness points by printing out your personalized biometric screen form here and bringing it with you to the event. A light, yummy breakfast will be served for participants.

  • When: Friday September 16, 7:30-10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Employee Wellness area in the Dominican Employee & Conference Center (DECC). Enter through the main entrance of the DECC and then go left into the Employee Wellness area.
  • Pre-registration is recommended. Sign up here.

Earn rewards with MyWellness

The new MyWellness program helps you build healthy behaviors and discover new ways to be kind to yourself. It’s simple, fun and designed for you. There are over 100 ways MyWellness can inspire and motivate, no matter where you are on your well-being journey. Employees can earn up to $450 in health account contributions or gift cards for completing a variety of activities. Some of the offerings include mindfulness sessions, resilience and stress management workshops, nutrition and weight-management support and more. You can even have your own wellness coach to help you get started and stay on track!

You can also click HERE for additional information.

MyWellness Program Challenge: Increase Your Steps and Incorporate Mindfulness

Mindful Exploration is a new step challenge to encourage you to get moving and support your well-being. Create a team of up to five players or compete individually as a “team of one.” As your step count goes up, you’ll learn about the mindfulness practices of other cultures. Goals are based on an average of 7,000 steps a day. For more information about the challenge, visit MyWellness and navigate to the Social section and select Challenges. 

Registration opens: Monday, August 22 
Challenge begins: Monday, August 29 
Challenge ends: Sunday, September 25

Sign up for this challenge by clicking here

In person classes 

Stance and Strength

Join us for a gentle movement series including functional movements using body weight, dumbbells, and TRX. Balance and postural movements will also be included. Smiling is heartily encouraged! No prior experience required, all levels welcome!

  • When: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00-4:50 p.m 
  • Where:  Dignity Health Wellness Center - 21340 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz  

Mindful Walking  - *New offering*

Take a 15 minute break to learn a simple approach to mindfulness that’s easy to incorporate into your daily routine. When we combine the benefits of walking with mindfulness, we can experience numerous improvements to our physical and mental well-being.

  • When: Mondays from 11:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m., beginning August 1
  • Where:   Meet at the gazebo near the organic garden between the DECC and Paul Sweet Road

Guided Meditation - *New offering*

Join us to experience the numerous benefits a meditative practice can bring to you. Learn how to feel more calm, focused, balanced and to more easily let go of daily stressors and challenges. Practice together with others, ask questions and share in the experience. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as those who already have a regular meditation practice.

  • When: Tuesdays from 12:00-12:30 p.m., beginning August 16
  • Where:   Meet at the gazebo near the organic garden between the DECC and Paul Sweet Road

Health & Wellbeing Coaching  - *New offering*

Struggling to make consistent, positive  behavior changes in areas such as nutrition, physical fitness, smoking cessation and  stress management? In this series of classes you'll receive support and guidance on creating your Wellness Vision and set achievable goals that facilitate lasting behavior change. Free for Dominican Hospital employees!

  • When: Tuesdays, September 13, 20 & 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dignity Health Wellness Center - 21340 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz 

Register at: or call (831) 457-7099


View the complete schedule and registration information for classes, coaching, and massage on the calendar below. Please check the calendar below for days and times for current wellness classes at the DECC and at the Wellness Center. Please note the location for each class listing.


Offerings for Dominican Hospital Employees

The Employee Gym is Open!

For safety, all gym users must sign up before they exercise. Sign up here (September 1-15) or here (September 16-30).

  • To keep everyone safe, specific guidelines have been put into place to limit the number of people who can work out at a single time and to keep the equipment clean and sanitized. Please keep your workouts to 60 minutes or less so others have the opportunity to enjoy the gym.
  • If you are a new gym user you’ll need to complete a brief competency and liability waiver before using the gym. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Commuter Club

  • Dominican Hospital is pleased to announce that GO Santa Cruz County is now available as a benefit for all staff. Every time you log a carpool, transit, bike, or walk trip (or telecommute), you earn points towards the Commute Rewards Program. Points can be accumulated and redeemed for $5, $10 or $25 gift cards.
  • Register by visiting and joining the GO Santa Cruz County Dominican network. GO Santa Cruz County includes rewards and incentives, trip planning support, and a carpool matching tool.
  • The Go Santa Cruz County program has replaced our previous Commuter Club.

New Commuter Program Offers Free Benefits for Employees
Dominican Hospital is proud to partner with Ecology Action to provide employees with free environmentally friendly services to lessen the burden of commuting. Through this program Dominican employees can take advantage of great benefits including:

  • 0% interest on a bike loan: up to $750 for a pedal bike and $1,500 for an electric bike
  • e-Bike demos: test ride an e-Bike for two weeks!
  • To find out about other great free benefits and sign up visit


If you have questions about wellness programming please contact [email protected] or [email protected].