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AHA recognizes UHS for workplace health commitment

October 22, 2019

The results of the American Heart Association's 2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index were announced today and UHS achieved silver-level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace.

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

The Index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of workplace health programs.

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," said John M. Carrigg, president and chief executive officer of UHS. "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.

UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit hospital and healthcare system serving Greater Binghamton and surrounding counties. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services throughout New York’s Southern Tier. 

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