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Cancer center receives prestigious accreditation for employee wellness program

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has recently been honored for its promotion of healthy lifestyle choices among its employees and their family members with the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation.

Awarded by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization made up of CEOs working with the National Cancer Institute, the CEO Cancer Gold Standard sets quality health conscious employers apart from the rest.

“This Gold Standard accreditation is an acknowledgement of the leadership of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s President and CEO, Dr. Craig B. Thompson, and his dedication to the health of employees and their families,” said Christopher Viehbacher, CEO of Sanofi. “CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation is further testament that Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s efforts to improve health begin with improving the health of their own employees.”

The MSKCC Employee Wellness Program is the incentive program that supports the health and well-being of these employees by offering total access to nutritional guidelines, fitness motivation, weight loss guidelines, cancer screenings and more.

CEO Cancer Gold Standard employers must promote healthy lifestyles in five crucial areas by establishing programs committed to reducing the risk of cancer. This includes smoke cessation initiatives, promotion of physical activity and a healthy diet and providing convenient access to top notch care in order to detect the disease at its early stages.

Elsewhere, a holistic health practitioner and brain researcher at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit was recently awarded a $400,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in implementing a pilot project for group wellness, according to Crain’s Detroit Business.

Robert Levine was awarded the money after successfully implementing similar programs at Dow Chemical and Chrysler while working at the Henry Ford Center for Integrative Medicine. At Chrysler, he worked with roughly 100 employees and helped about 55 percent of them reduce or eliminate their lower back pain.

“We have a pretty good track record, and there is demand out there because the program saves money and helps people get better,” Levine told the news source. “Because those employees need less drugs, see the doctor less, avoid failed physical therapy, we have inferential cost savings that can be achieved.”