Mayo Clinic is leading by example when it comes to promoting workplace wellness and encouraging healthier behavior. The CEO Roundtable on Cancer recently accredited Mayo Clinic with the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ recognizing their 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.
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. Today, more than 3 million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of the more than 120 employers who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.
“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of President and CEO, Dr. John Noseworthy and the leadership team at Mayo Clinic,” said Viehbacher. “Dr. Noseworthy believes it is the people of Mayo who distinguish the level of care patients receive at their renowned facilities. It is fitting that Mayo has taken extraordinary steps to care for the people who provide care to more than a million patients each year.”
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.
Mayo’s more than 50,000 employees see more than a million patients a year from all 50 states and nearly 150 countries. The Mayo Clinic has locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. In addition to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mayo is the thirteenth NCI-designated cancer center to earn Gold Standard accreditation. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is the only multisite comprehensive cancer center.
In addition to the nearly thirty additional hospitals and medical centers are now Gold Standard accredited, CEOs from across all industries are becoming keenly aware of the tremendous impact they can have in improving health, controlling health care costs and making a difference 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; institutes of higher education and a range of leading employers including American Century Investments, Johnson & Johnson and Lowe’s.