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Gold Standard  CEO Messages

John Hickenlooper, former Governor , State of Colorado

A healthy workforce is a key part to Colorado’s success. The Gold Standard from the CEO Roundtable on Cancer recognizes our efforts to address the impact of cancer on the work place and more importantly, is a testament to our employees that we are there for them should they have to battle this disease.

Mary Fallin, former Governor, State of Oklahoma

Increasing health outcomes in Oklahoma is one of my number one priorities. Health affects everything from our quality of life to the state of our economy. If we are going to continue to grow and thrive as a state, we need healthy individuals, healthy families and a healthy workforce. I’m proud that Oklahoma has been recognized by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer for the gains we’ve made and the steps we’ve taken to improve employee health.

David Chao, PhD, President and CEO, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

As an organization dedicated to improving human health through basic research, the Stowers Institute for Medical Research is proud to have received CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation. We believe that our efforts to improve human health begin with extending our mission to our employees by creating an environment that encourages a healthy lifestyle.

Paula Schneider , President and CEO, Susan G. Komen

At Susan G. Komen we are committed to doing everything we can to save lives and end breast cancer, and that starts with a workplace committed to the health of our team.  We truly value our CEO Gold Standard accreditation, as it recognizes the value we place on promoting a healthy lifestyle and providing support to those facing a cancer diagnosis.

Jeff Leerink, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SVB Leerink

LEERINK is honored to receive the CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM  accreditation and be recognized for our efforts in fostering workplace wellness. As a healthcare investment bank, promoting health and wellness education and initiatives lie at the core of our business.

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, Vice President for Health Promotion, Chief Wellness Officer, Dean College of Nursing, The Ohio State University

At Ohio State, promoting health and wellbeing is an integral part of our university culture. Our goal to become the world’s healthiest university includes building a sustained culture of wellness. Research supports that 80 percent of chronic diseases can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices; one of those is avoiding tobacco, the leading cause of preventable death. Ohio State wants all of its Buckeyes to lead long, healthy and productive lives.

Peter W.T. Pisters, MD, President, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Talent tops the list among every organization’s greatest assets. Through initiatives like the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation, we can provide the best for our best – from cancer prevention and early detection to innovative treatments and advancements in research.

Dario C. Altieri, MD, President and CEO, The Wistar Institute

At The Wistar Institute, we greatly value our Gold Standard accreditation, which we have proudly held since 2008. This exemplary distinction showcases how the Wistar team is collaboratively striving to advance cancer research through discovery and innovation in an effort to make an impact in the fight against cancer.

Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President & Chief Executive Officer, Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Trinitas Regional Medical Center has successfully fostered healthy living through important educational efforts and lifestyle change programs that have made a difference in the lives of our employees. Our numerous smoking cessation and fitness programs, our commitment to healthy eating, and diagnostic and preventative testing continue to be a source of pride for all of Trinitas. Recognition of these efforts by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer has given these initiatives a vital boost.

Thomas Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Wellness is something the Chamber believes in deeply and practices every day. We provide our staff with a number of resources to help them get and stay healthy. Why? It’s simple—it is the right thing to do for our people and, therefore, our organization. Our Talent Solutions team has long worked to promote the good policies and practices that led to the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation. We are proud of this recognition and will continue to work to protect and improve the health and wellness of our employees and their families.

Mariner Kemper, Chairman and CEO, UMB Financial Corporation

At UMB, we engage and encourage associates to take action and personal responsibility in improving the health and wellbeing of themselves and their families by providing information and tools that allow them to make educated decisions. We are honored to receive the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation and we are committed to a culture of wellness at UMB.

J. Bruce Harreld, President, University of Iowa

As a university, our most important asset is our people. Since innovative health care is one of the major areas of education, research, and service at the University of Iowa, we are especially proud to earn the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation. The health and well-being of our university community is of paramount importance to our values and to our success. We also do our best to set a good example of workplace wellness for other educational institutions, employers, and organizations across the state, nation, and world. Being a Gold Standard institution affirms our excellence and encourages us to always strive higher to be the healthiest and most caring workplace we can be.

George J. Weiner, MD, Director, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, University of Iowa Health Care

As Iowa’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, we at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center have a responsibility to reduce the burden of cancer for everyone we serve, including our faculty and staff. We are honored to receive CEO Gold Standard accreditation for University of Iowa Health Care in recognition of our organization’s employee health and wellness efforts.

Lyle E. Sheldon, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

This accreditation is a great symbol of how we have improved our own lifestyle habits in order to model our vision of creating the healthiest community in Maryland.  When we counsel our patients on these same changes, it helps the message when we can say we understand how difficult lifestyle changes can be.

Charles Kupchella, PhD, President Emeritus, University of North Dakota

Our campus climate supports healthy choices. We implemented a tobacco-free policy as part of our general charge to prepare our graduates for full, productive lives as professionals and as civic leaders.

Mark Kennedy, President, University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota has a long and nationally recognized history of focusing on the health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff, as well as the Grand Forks community and, indeed, the State of North Dakota.

Brian Durniok , President, UPMC Chautauqua

It’s an honor to be recognized for this accomplishment. The health and well-being of our employees is a top priority at UPMC. We're committed to giving our patient and employees the knowledge, inspiration, and specialty care needed to  address cancer or any illness.

Audrey Meyers, President and CEO, Valley Health System

Achieving CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation reflects Valley’s commitment to providing exceptional cancer prevention services to our employees, their families, and to all of our patients, and is recognition of the quality of our comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient care.  We are proud to have met this high standard and to be recognized for our efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for our employees and the community.