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AHA recognizes UHS for workplace commitment 

February 11, 2020

UHS has received special recognition from the American Heart Association for building a culture of health in the workplace.

A silver-level certificate was presented Feb. 11 to John Carrigg, president and chief executive officer of UHS, by Franklin Fry, executive director of the AHA.

UHS’ efforts were evaluated according to the association’s 2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index, which uses science-based best practices to evaluate the quality and completeness of workplace health programs.

The American Heart Association created the Index with its CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of more than 40 chief executive officers from some of America’s largest companies who are committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health.

Studies show that work sites with a culture of health that includes comprehensive, evidence-based policies and programs, plus senior leadership support, are more likely to have engaged employees and a healthier, more productive work force.

“We are constantly striving to create a culture that encourages healthy lifestyle behaviors," Mr. Carrigg said.  "We are committed to continuing this trend in the years to come, and are honored to receive this recognition."

A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data.

Companies receive benchmarking reports, which allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so that they can advance their annual performance and recognition, according to the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association's Franklin Fry, far right, presents the special healthy workplace award to John Carrigg, Kayla Velie and Linda Wasser of UHS.