Meritrust Credit Union has named Daniel Fowler, Health and Wellness Program Coordinator for Ascension Via Christi’s Cancer Outreach and Risk Assessment program, as the 2016 Byron G. Stout IV Spotlight on Wellness Award recipient.
This award memorializes Meritrust’s beloved champion of wellness, Byron Stout, who passed away in June 2015. The Spotlight on Wellness Award recognizes one individual who inspires all areas of wellness in the workplace and in the community.
“Byron was passionate about living a well-balanced life and caring for those around him,” says James Nastars, Meritrust President/CEO. “Our goal was to find an honoree who truly exemplified the wellness champion we remember in Byron. We had an exceptional group of applicants for this award, but Daniel’s passion for going above and beyond to help others live their best made him the top pick.”
As VP of Human Resources, Mr. Stout led the course for and built Meritrust’s comprehensive employee wellness program, CU Well. The program includes gym discounts for employees and is a holistic approach designed to impact, empower and promote total wellness in every employee’s life—physically, financially, emotionally and within our communities.
Passion for helping others live better
In Fowler’s role at Via Christi, he works primarily with cancer patients but also with patients who have diseases such as heart failure, diabetes and chronic obstructive lung disease, providing guidance on tolerating medication, managing their diseases and nutrition.
After his father, Ken’s, battle with cancer and death in 2013, Fowler found his purpose in helping people live with cancer. He spearheaded a “pre-hab” concept: encouraging his patients to exercise during treatment rather than waiting until after, which helps them tolerate treatment and provide better overall outcomes, he says. His passion takes him above the normal call of duty, which includes fundraising to cover out-of-pocket expenses for his patients. Fowler’s community involvement and connections also provide him with a network of resources to share with his patients who need help financially or emotionally.
Fowler also is committed to a regular exercise routine, he volunteers in the community and he writes articles to inspire others to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Fowler will be recognized for the award at the 2016 Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita’s Working Well Conference on Aug. 30.
“I am beyond blessed to work with my patients and serve the community,” Fowler says. “I love what I do and am honored to be recognized with this award.