MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) has announced that it has been re-accredited as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard employer for 2014, once again recognizing the hospital’s extraordinary commitment to fighting cancer in the workplace.
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 nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages when outcomes may be more favorable and providing access to quality care, including participation in cancer clinical trials.
“We continue to be committed to providing our staff members with programs and tools that help them understand their current health status and to get healthier," said Joel Seligman, president and CEO, Northern Westchester Hospital.
"Once again, we are extremely proud to receive this accreditation in recognition of these efforts and to be recognized as a gold standard employer.”
This honor was made possible by the hard work of the NWH wellness committee, volunteer staff members who are committed to making NWH a healthier workplace.
The committee develops wellness programs to meet many employee needs.
Programs available to staff include: free health risk assessments and on-site biometric screenings that enable staff to learn about their current health status and how to minimize personal health risks; access to a wellness coach and online tools. Lunch and learns on topics such as sun safety and melanoma prevention, and stress and inflammation are offered. Walking programs and fun runs are among the many wellness initiatives in place.
In addition, nutrition counseling is made available, a fitness reimbursement is offered and customized, on-site smoking cessation programs with free nicotine replacements are available to staff members.