Jefferson Health New Jersey Receives CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ Accreditation
Jefferson Health New Jersey has been accredited with the CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM by the national CEO Roundtable on Cancer for its efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members.
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of CEOs, founded by former President George H.W. Bush, created the Gold Standard to recognize employers for taking exceptional health and wellness measures on behalf of their employees and family members. Employers from many industries are keenly aware of the positive impact they can have on health and controlling health care costs when steps are taken in the workplace to address cancer and other chronic diseases.
Joseph W. Devine, Jefferson Health New Jersey Division President, said the health care organization has been diligent in its efforts to support workplace wellness and help employees and their family members lower their risk of cancer – and to support cancer survivors in the workplace.
“From covered cancer screenings and vaccinations, to smoking cessation counseling and healthy food choices in our cafeterias, we have a longstanding commitment to the health and wellness of our associates and their families,” Devine said. “To be honored for this commitment by the prestigious CEO Roundtable on Cancer is especially gratifying.”
Robert A. Bradway, chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, said the organization is “pleased to recognize the efforts of Jefferson Health New Jersey and their dedication to health care that begins with improving the health and wellness of their own employees.”
To earn Gold Standard accreditation, an employer must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by taking concrete actions in five key areas:
- Emphasizing prevention by prohibiting tobacco use and supporting tobacco cessation efforts;
- promoting healthy lifestyles through physical activity, healthy nutrition and weight management;
- providing health insurance options that encourage detection of cancer at its earliest stages, ensuring access to quality care, and allowing participation in cancer clinical trials;
- promoting employee awareness of these initiatives; and
- supporting the needs of cancer survivors in the workplace.
The Gold Standard provides a framework through which employers can lead by example. More than 200 private, nonprofit and government employers in a wide range of industries have earned Gold Standard accreditation, including health and wellness influencers like the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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." The CEOs responded by creating and encouraging the widespread adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ which calls for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and workplace culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to address cancer in the workplace. For more information on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard and the no-cost, web-based accreditation process, please visit www.CancerGoldStandard.org.