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Medical Centers Lead Workplace Wellness Effort

June 09, 2011
Cary, NC

The CEOs of national hospitals and medical centers are leading by example when it comes to promoting workplace wellness as a means of encouraging healthier employee behavior while maintaining a healthy organizational bottom line. Catholic Healthcare West in Arizona, The Children’s Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, Trinitas Regional Medical Center and the University of Colorado Hospital have received CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, recognizing the commitment of these organizations to reducing the risk of cancer for employees and their families 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, a 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 two million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of employers who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.
“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of these leading medical centers,” said Christopher A. Viehbacher, CEO of Sanofi.  “Health care CEOs see firsthand the benefit that improved workplace health and wellness can have in cancer prevention and improved overall health. I hope their commitment will encourage other employers across all industries to become Gold Standard accredited.”

The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ calls for companies 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. Harvard Business Review recently highlighted the CEO Cancer Gold Standard, as an example of a high quality, signature program that can boost the overall effectiveness of a broad spectrum of workplace wellness initiatives.