FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Linda Johnson
WCA Hospital Public Relations
WCA EARNS CEO CANCER GOLD STANDARD™ ACCREDITATION
CEO Cancer Gold Standard Seal.
Jamestown, New York (Monday, February 15, 2010)—WCA Hospital, the region’s healthcare leader, joins an exclusive group of organizations that received CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, recognizing their commitment to taking concrete actions to reduce the cancer risk of employees and their families through screenings, early detection, and healthy changes in lifestyle. The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ is an initiative designed to combat cancer in the workplace.
William C. Weldon, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson, chairs the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of cancer-fighting CEOs who created the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, many of its designated cancer centers, and leading health non-profit organizations and professionals. Today, more than one million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of employers who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.
“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of these organizations in the fight against cancer, starting with improving the health and wellness of their own employees,” said Weldon. “I hope the commitment demonstrated by these organizations will encourage other employers, large and small, to become Gold Standard accredited.”
The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco
use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials.
According to Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO, the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation recognizes WCA’s dedication in developing and implementing health and wellness initiatives aimed at maintaining a corporate culture that fosters healthy lifestyles and reduces the risk of cancer. “We are proud to be awarded this prestigious accreditation,” said Mrs. Wright. “As an organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of those we serve, it is extremely important that we educate our employees and their family members about cancer risks and provide them with the necessary tools that encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors and provide access to high-quality treatment in the fight against cancer.”
Other organizations joining the American Cancer Society’s Mid-South Division, LiDestri Foods, MDU Resources (NYSE: MDU) and WCA Hospital in championing this workplace-based effort to eliminate cancer as a public health threat include: Aetna (NYSE: AET), Aldagen, the American Cancer Society’s National Home Office, the American Legacy Foundation, the American Society of Clincial Oncology, Aptuit, AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN), C-Change, CIGNA (NYSE: CI), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Duke Medicine, Edelman, Enzon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ENZN), Fox Chase Cancer Center, GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK), Hogan & Hartson, Independence Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Jenner & Block, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), The Lance Armstrong Foundation, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Meridian Health, Minot State University, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, The National Cancer Institute, Novartis (NYSE: NVS), The Oncology Nursing Society, OSI Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: OSIP), Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), PhRMA, PPD (NASDAQ: PPDI), Pride, Inc., Quintiles Transnational, sanofi-aventis (NYSE: SNY), SAS Institute, State Farm, The University of North Dakota, US Oncology, Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: VRX), Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Virtua Health and The Wistar Institute.
About WCA Hospital
WCA Hospital of Jamestown is Southwestern New York's largest not-for-profit health care provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute care and rehabilitation services. WCA is accredited by The Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology; and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
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 fight cancer in the workplace. For more information on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ and the web-based accreditation process and support, please visit www.CancerGoldStandard.org.