St. Louis Park has gained a company headquarters.

VITAL WorkLife, a company that assists employees of health care organizations, has moved its base from St. Cloud to the Wolfe Lake Professional Center, 5000 W. 36th St. in St. Louis Park.

The company has 24 full-time employees and more than 80 physician, nurse, educator and dentist peer coaches. Nationwide, VITAL WorkLife has a network of more than 62,000 counselors with master’s or doctoral degrees. People in the national network serve as consultants on behalf of the company.

“We’re excited to establish our headquarters in St. Louis Park,” said CEO Mitchell Best. “It’s a great community and close to everything we need. Being here also gives us more access to find great people to join our team and fuel our continued growth in the behavioral health sector for physicians and providers.”

The company’s mission is to help health care organizations retain productive employees through coaching, consulting and counseling. Additionally, the company aims to support well-being of health care employees and improve organizational culture.

“Believe it or not, physician/employee stress and burnout is one of the key issues facing the healthcare industry today,” a statement from the company explains. “As the industry has gotten more complex over time, work/life balance has only gotten harder to find and humans and companies generally try to do more with less, stress and burnout are adding up significantly.”

Good doctors, nurses and other health care staff are expensive and difficult to replace, the statement adds.

As a result, it says, “Organizations today are focusing more on retention and well-being programs than ever before. By doing so, they improve morale, employee health, culture and productivity – and most importantly, health outcomes for patients.”

Jason Sprenger, a spokesperson for the company, said, “By optimizing employee health and well-being, and minimizing stress and burnout, health care organizations can do a better job delivering patient care at a better value to consumers – and not spin their wheels dealing with turnover.”

The company has worked in the area of behavioral health for more than 35 years. The company has focused on its dedicated health care industry practice for more than a decade.

The company initially consults with health care organizations before engaging in an interactive launch process with the organization. VITAL WorkLife provides preventative services, support when needed in the moment, detailed reports and intervention services, according to the company’s statement.

It adds, “The company’s comprehensive framework identifies the right combination of programs and tools to meet varying client needs. It focuses on a holistic approach to six dimensions of well-being – physical, emotional, relational, professional, spiritual and financial/legal. Working closely with individuals while also guiding teams, it helps build healthy, sustainable behaviors for productive organizations.”

The company has been growing significantly in recent years, Sprenger said.

“The move is to redesigned office space that supports its entire staff and provides room for added growth,” Sprenger said. “It’s also a strong strategic move, positioning the company to best add talent and grow its client base in the months and years to come.”

For more information, visit vitalworklife.com. In addition to background about the company, the website includes articles, such as a focus on impact of millennials on medicine and a novel-style example of a physician who lashes out during a procedure. The story, divided into several parts, focuses on disruptive behavior and how to respond.

One article this month provides information on caregiving while another discusses the article “Women Doctors Are More Stressed Than Men” based on the results of the company’s survey.

“Frankly, it isn’t that close,” a preview of the article about stress says. “It’s a concerning development, especially considering the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) found in 2017, for the first time, more women entered U.S. medical school than men. It also suggests organizations need to continue to ramp up their efforts to mitigate stress and burnout before adverse outcomes result – and before related trends become even more entrenched and complicated to solve.”

The website also provides a video about resources for physician well-being and many other articles related to health care.

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