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Congratulations to our HealthyWage Step Challenge winners!

Participants in the recent Step Challenge walked over 6.6 million steps and averaged 9,286 steps per day.  Congratulations to our jackpot winners Amanda Dillon, Kristy Matthews, Jennifer Kester, Kelly McGuckin and Erin O'Connor-Thygeson. Amazing job!

Wellness classes at the Dignity Health Wellness Center

Employee Wellness and PEP offer over 100 health and wellness classes, almost all of which are free. Here is an example of the many offerings to support and inspire you.

Stay Strong Under Stress

During this immersive class you'll practice a variety of relaxation techniques designed to help you feel more peaceful and energized. 

  • When: Tuesday, April 16 from 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. 
  • Where:  Dignity Health Wellness Center - 21340 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz & online
  • For more information click here. To register please call 831.457.7099

ABCs of Mindful Eating

  • When: Tuesday, April 30 from 4:00- 4:45 p.m 
  • Where:  Dignity Health Wellness Center - 21340 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz & online
  • For more information click here. To register please call 831.457.7099

Seated Massage in the Mezzanine

Enjoy a relaxing massage that focuses on your back, shoulders, neck, and arms.

Hours: Tuesdays from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Mezzanine above the main lobby

8 minutes for $12. Please purchase a massage token before your appointment. Tokens may be purchased with cash, credit card or Venmo at the Jazzland Coffee cart.

How to reserve massage time: Please use the QR code below to sign up. Drop-in times are available on a first come, first serve basis.

QR Code for Massage for Employee Wellness

2024 She is Beautiful Registration is Open Now!

Bring your training and orthopedic questions and join Dominican Hospital's own Nikki Losee, Doctor of Physical Therapy, at the upcoming morning training run.  Tours of the Dignity Health Wellness Center will also be available.  

When: Sunday April 21 at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Dignity Health Wellness Center - 21340 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

The 2024 5K and 10K will be held on Saturday May 11, 2024 and the first 100 Dominican Hospital employees that register will receive a 25% discount. Simply enter the code TEAMHUMANKINDNESS when registering. Please remember this code is for Dominican Hospital employees onlyRegister here.

Free Employee Fitness classes are back at the DECC!

Core Strength: Tues & Thurs 4:00-4:30 p.m. Mind-body exercises to strengthen your core, improve your posture & free your mind. 

Cardio/Spin: Tues & Thurs 4:45 -5:30 p.m. Interval training using a spin bike or other aerobic equipment to improve your cardiovascular fitness & help relieve stress.

Yoga Flow: Wed 4:00-4:50 p.m. Yoga postures and guided breath-work to improve balance, flexibility and promote inner calm. All levels are welcome. 

Gentle Yoga: 5:00-5:50 p.m. Unwind and ease into your evening feeling more at peace. This soothing, slow-paced class uses basic yoga poses and breathwork to promote a deep sense of calm for your body and mind. (Begins September 6)

Guided Meditation: Tues 12:00-12:30 p.m. 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. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as those who already have a regular meditation practice. Meet at the gazebo near the organic garden between the DECC and Paul Sweet Road

No registration is required for these classes. For more information please contact [email protected]  

Employee Wellness and PEP offer over 100 health and wellness classes, almost all of which are free. Click here to view the full list of classes offered through PEP.

Healthy Nutrition for Living

Join a Dignity Health registered dietitian for a series of free informative talks to improve your diet and lifestyle. Topics include:

  • Unhealthy Eating-Breaking the Cycle
  • ABC’s of Mindful Eating
  • Emotional Eating and Stress
  • Plant-Based Flexitarian Eating

When: Last Tuesday of each month from 4:00- 5:00 p.m
Where:  Dignity Health Wellness Center - 21340 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz 
To register please call 831-457-7099

Earn up to $450 in 2024 with MyWellness

Nurture your well-being and find your joy with the help of MyWellness. There are more than 100 ways to earn points ranging from step challenges to daily reminders of self-care and are easily accessible on your phone from the Virgin Pulse app.

Rewards are granted in four steps:

  • 2,000 points = $75
  • 10,000 = $100
  • 20,000 = $125
  • 35,000 = $150

You have through October 31 to earn points. To learn more and check your eligibility for this program scan the QR code below or click here.


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

Join Weight Watchers now and get over 50% off

Now is a great time to join Weight Watchers to help meet your weight loss and nutrition goals, with plans as low as $8.00/month.* You can also earn MyWellness points for signing up; tracking your nutrition, activity and weight; and attending workshops. Click here to learn more and sign up.

*Due to IRS requirements, CommonSpirit’s portion will appear as taxable income on your paycheck..

Pain Management Program from Kaia Health

Don't let chronic pain prevent you from reaching your goals. Kaia can help you manage your pain at home by offering a drug-free option with exercises for the body and mind. Earn 250 MyWellness points when you complete the Kaia self-assessment survey. Click here for more information.

Mindfulness Minute: Embracing Calm

Take a few mindful  minutes to embrace calm, using the helpful resources provided by Lyra, our mental health benefit provider. Sign up for Lyra and explore a five minute meditation, listen to  a soothing soundscape or take a moment to find relief through your breath. 

Meditation: Smiling Escape 
Soundscape: Summer Rain
Breathing Exercise: Circle 

Learn more about the mental health benefit support available to you and your eligible dependents and household members, at no cost to you, through Lyra. Once you sign in, you'll have access to a variety of mental wellness resources, exercises to practice resiliency, consultations on work-life topics and one-on-one sessions with a provider.  


New! Reserve Time in the Lactation Room

In order to ensure that all nursing moms have access to our lactation room at a time that is convenient to them, please sign up for a time slot in advance. As you enter the East entrance, the lactation room is on the left after you go through the first door on the left. Please click here to reserve your time.

The Employee Gym is Open!

Current gym users no longer need to sign up in advance to use the gym.

If you are a new gym user you’ll need to complete a brief competency and liability waiver (click here) before using the gym. Please email your waiver to [email protected].

To register for the competency or for more information contact [email protected].

Try an e-bike Free for Two Weeks!

From conquering hills with ease, to shortening longer trips, e-bikes have been a game changer for many people. Through our partnership with Ecology Action, all Dominican Hospital staff are able to check out a  BMC Switzerland e-bike free for two weeks. Try it for your commute, errands, and other transportation needs. Hurry, these bikes are sure to get reserved quickly! Click here to schedule your free two week test ride (scroll to the bottom of the page). 

Questions? Contact Tawn Kennedy at Ecology Action at [email protected].

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

Improve Your Financial Fitness with myFiTage
Feeling good about your finances is a great way to be kind to yourself now and in the future. Your financial wellness is unique, just like you - and the path you take to reach your financial goals should be unique, too. Use the new, free tool, myFiTage, to guide you through key financial decisions, create a plan and see personalized suggestions. Earn 500 MyWellness points for learning your FiTage. Learn More


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