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WCA Earns CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ Accreditation

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Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO; and Toni DeAngelo, R.N., WCA Hospital Community Health and Wellness Director; display the CEO Gold Standard Accreditation, that recognizes WCA Hospital’s commitment to taking action to reduce the cancer risk of employees and their families through screenings, early detection, and healthy changes in lifestyles.



Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, December 6, 2011)—WCA Hospital, the region’s healthcare leader, joins an exclusive group of organizations that received CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ Employer for 2011 accreditation for a second consecutive year, 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.

WCA’s Gold Standard accreditation represents a milestone for WCA Hospital, whose culture is built on helping and improving the lives of others, beginning with its own employees. As a Gold Standard organization, the accreditation represents a gold standard of leadership and demonstrates how employers can play an active and meaningful role in reducing cancer risk and improving the overall health of their employees and family members

“As a Gold Standard employer, WCA Hospital is sending out a strong message to their employees that they care about their health each and every day,” said Dr. Martin J. Murphy, Chief Executive Officer for the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. “It is because of WCA’s leadership that their employees and their families can continue to celebrate their employer’s keen interest in their health and well-being. We congratulate WCA on its continuing efforts to meet this gold standard of excellence in cancer prevention, early detection and quality cancer care.”

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, FACHE, 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 re-accreditation in our continuing efforts to meet the standard of cancer excellence,” said Betsy. “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.”

Today, CEOs from across industries are keenly aware of the tremendous impact they can have in improving health, controlling health care costs and making a difference beyond their organization’s walls in the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases. Today, the more than 100 Gold Standard employers includes insurers like Aetna, Cigna and State Farm; law firms, such as Hogan Lovells and Jenner + Block; technology companies such as Dell and SAS Institute; and a range of leading employers including American Century Investments, Lowe’s and the University of North Dakota.

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.

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