The CEO Roundtable on Cancer recently accredited Marian Regional Medical Center with the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ recognizing the hospital’s efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for their employees and covered family members by promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings and ensuring access to quality treatment.
Today, more than 2.7 million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of the more than 115 employers like Marian Regional Medical Center who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.
Christopher A. Viehbacher, chief executive officer of Sanofi, chairs the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, the nonprofit organization of cancer-fighting CEOs who created the CEO Cancer Gold Standard, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, many of its designated cancer centers, and leading health non-profit organizations and professionals.
“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of Marian Regional Medical Center and their dedication to health care that begins with improving the health and wellness of their own employees,” said Christopher A. Viehbacher, CEO of Sanofi.
The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ calls for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials.
“In the same way that our employees care for their patients, Marian Regional Medical Center cares about the health of our employees and their families,” explains Charles J. Cova, President and CEO of Marian Regional Medical Center/Dignity Health Central Coast Service Area and Dignity Health Senior VP of Operations. “Marian Regional Medical Center is committed to supporting the health and well-being of employees and their dependants by offering comprehensive health benefit plans and implementing special programs intended to reduce employees’ risks of developing cancer. Marian is proud to offer employees a continuum of exceptional health care screening, treatments and services that are among the best in any industry sector.”
Today, in addition to Marian Regional Medical Center, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eleven NCI-designated cancer centers and more than twenty-five hospitals and medical centers have earned Gold Standard accreditation. CEOs from across industries are keenly aware of the tremendous impact they can have in improving health, controlling health care costs and making a difference beyond their organization’s walls in the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases. Other Gold Standard employers include insurers like Aetna, Cigna, State Farm and several Blue Cross affiliates; law firms, such as Hogan Lovells and Jenner + Block; technology companies such as Dell and SAS Institute; and a range of leading employers including American Century Investments, Johnson & Johnson and Lowe’s.