The Standard Partners with Regions Hospital to Achieve Excellence in Disability Management

Minnesota-based hospital receives quarterly Workplace Possibilities SM Champions award


"Regions Hospital is a proactive supporter of the Workplace Possibilities program and truly understands the importance of holistic employee support"
September 12, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) recently presented its latest Workplace Possibilities Champions award to Regions Hospital. The award honors employers that have achieved excellence with the Workplace Possibilities program — a unique, proactive approach to help manage absence and disability in the workplace. Regions Hospital, a full-service hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center employing 5,700 people across Minnesota and western Wisconsin, was recognized as the recipient for Q2 2018.

“Regions Hospital is a proactive supporter of the Workplace Possibilities program and truly understands the importance of holistic employee support,” says Brian Kost, senior director of the Workplace Possibilities program at The Standard. “The team at Regions Hospital is committed to facilitating the program and partnering with their Workplace Possibilities consultant to reduce disability incidence in their workplace. Their efforts are a prime example of how this program works to achieve better leave and disability outcomes for employers.”

Using the Workplace Possibilities program, Margaret Nielsen, employee health and wellness lead nurse at Regions Hospital, connects employees with the proper resources and support when dealing with a health condition. Nielsen works with her dedicated Workplace Possibilities consultant to better manage employees on leave, evaluate accommodations and ensure timely returns. The program also makes it easier for Nielsen to help the hospital anticipate when people will be out of the office or returning to work after a disability leave.

“The Workplace Possibilities program has provided a seamless experience for our employees,” Nielsen says. “Since employees are already stressed enough when on a leave, the Workplace Possibilities program helps them feel reassured in knowing we’re working to accommodate them before their return. The program has also made my job easier in helping better anticipate and plan an employee’s return to work.”

The Workplace Possibilities Champions award recognizes employers that are exceeding expectations for their implementation and ongoing partnership with the Workplace Possibilities program. The winning organization is selected based on a list of criteria, which includes:

  • Initiating employee referrals to the program
  • Promoting the program to managers, supervisors and other staff members
  • Partnering with The Standard to customize accommodations for employees
  • Training managers, supervisors and team leaders about the program
  • Excelling in change management

To schedule an interview with Brian Kost from The Standard and/or Margaret Nielsen from Regions Hospital, please contact Katharine Foley at

About The Standard

The Standard is a marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., and subsidiaries. Insurance products are offered by Standard Insurance Company of 1100 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon, in all states except New York, where insurance products are offered by The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York of 360 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 210, White Plains, New York. Product features and availability vary by state and company and are solely the responsibility of each subsidiary. Each company is solely responsible for its own financial condition. Standard Insurance Company is licensed to solicit insurance business in all states except New York. The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York is licensed to solicit insurance business in only the state of New York.

About Regions Hospital

Regions Hospital is part of HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. Regions Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center serving adults and children in Minnesota and western Wisconsin for more than 140 years. As a private, nonprofit teaching hospital, Regions Hospital provides outstanding care in women’s health, cardiology, oncology, surgery, orthopedics, neuroscience, burn, emergency care, mental illness and more. For more information, visit


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