Valley Health System Earns CEO Cancer Gold Standard Re-Accreditation
Valley Health System has earned CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ re-accreditation for maintaining a strong commitment to the health of its employees and satisfying the latest, comprehensive requirements of the Gold Standard.
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of CEOs founded by former President George H.W. Bush, developed and administers the Gold Standard, an employee wellness accreditation program that addresses cancer prevention in the workplace. Nearly 200 private, nonprofit and government employers in a wide range of occupational categories have earned Gold Standard accreditation, including the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and a number of NCI-designated cancer centers.
“Achieving CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ re-accreditation reflects Valley’s commitment to providing exceptional cancer prevention services to our employees, their families, and to all of our patients, and is recognition of the quality of our comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient care,” said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO, Valley Health System and The Valley Hospital. “We are proud to have met this high standard once again and to be recognized for our efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for our employees and the community.”
To earn and maintain CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, an employer meets specific requirements in corporate culture and health benefits: establish policies and programs to reduce cancer risk by prohibiting tobacco use and supporting tobacco cessation efforts; promote physical activity, healthy nutrition and weight management; provide health insurance options that include detecting cancer at its earliest stages, access to quality care, and participation in clinical trials; promote employee awareness of these initiatives; and support the needs of cancer survivors in the workplace.
One of the initiatives Valley was applauded for is its comprehensive and voluntary Health and Wellness screening program for its employees called “It’s Your Move”. The program incentivizes employees through discounts on health insurance premiums, to complete a Health Risk Assessment and biometric screenings. The Employee Health and Wellness staff then reviews all lab results and personally contacts participating employees regarding their results. The employees receive individual education, health coaching, resources and three-month, follow-up lab work to determine progress and improvement. The program’s outcomes showed dramatic improvement in the overall health and lab values for those employees who were found to be pre-diabetic but unaware of that fact, illustrating that lifestyle changes and positive support do make a difference.
In addition, Valley’s It’s Your Move program has been selected as a Gold Standard Best Practice and is highlighted on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard website as a model program.
About Valley Health System
Valley Health System is a regional healthcare system that serves residents in northern New Jersey and southern New York. It comprises The Valley Hospital, Valley Home Care and Valley Medical Group. Key services include cardiology, oncology, women’s and children’s services, emergency care, orthopedics and neurosciences. Valley Health System’s Centers of Excellence offer comprehensive coordinated inpatient and outpatient programs and services to help ensure excellent clinical outcomes and quality. The Centers of Excellence include Cardiac/Heart Failure, Diabetes, Oncology, Pulmonary, Geriatrics, Total Joint and Neurovascular. Valley maintains affiliations and collaborations with Mount Sinai Health System and with Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. For more information, visit www.ValleyHealth.com.
About The CEO Roundtable on Cancer
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer was founded in 2001, when former President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to "do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families." Since then, the Roundtable has created the CEO Cancer Gold Standard, the CEO Life Sciences Consortium, and Project Data Sphere. More information about the Roundtable can be found at www.CEORoundTableonCancer.org